|Two Oceans record breaker... Namakoe Nkhasi|
Nkhasi defended the title he won last year and he went one better this time by breaking the record as he ran a time of one hour, three minutes and 15 seconds (1:03:15 hours).
The 2016 Olympian finished ahead of countryman Khoarahlane Seutlaoli who finished second in an equally excellent time of 1:03:45 while South African David Manja ran 1:04:19 to finish in third place.
Lesotho almost completed double Two Oceans glory but Warinyane Lebopo fell just short in the main 56km Ultra Marathon race finishing behind winner Lungile Gongqa of South Africa.
Lebopo had been in contention for much of the race but Gongqa broke away at the back of the Constantia Nek climb in the second half of the race. And, although Lebopo did his best to close the gap, the South African runner burst clear again in the final stages to claim victory in a time of 3:09:43.
Lebopo managed to hold on for second place in 3:10:21 and in the process he earned himself his fourth Two Oceans gold medal.
Another Lesotho athlete, Teboho Sello, claimed third spot in 3:11:48 while Zimbabwe’s Collen Makaza finished 29 seconds further back to place amongst the top four at the Two Oceans for the fifth time in six years. Moeketsi Mosuhli made it three Lesotho runners in the top 10 by claiming tenth place in a time of 3:17:36.
|Nkhasi ran a brilliant time of 1:03:15|
Damantsevich, who had a considerable lead by the half marathon mark, crossed the finish line in 3:37:13, more than 10 minutes clear of South Africa’s Jenna Challenor.
In the half-marathon Irvette van Zyl reclaimed her title by running a time of 1:13:53 while Nolene Conrad arrived at the finish line almost 30 seconds later running 1:14:27. Louisa Leballo came third in a time of 01:15:00 to complete a South Africa one, two three in the race.
Despite Nkhasi’s brilliant win and record run, Old Mutual’s R1 million prize bonus to break the record in the men’s or women’s Ultra Marathon remained safe.
The men’s record of 3:03:44 set in 1988 by Thompson Magawana and the women’s record (3:30:36) set by Frith van der Merwe in 1989 will again remain intact until next year’s race.
Of the total entries of 11 000 for the Ultra Marathon, 4005 were novices, 7782 were men and 3218 women.
The In the half-marathon, meanwhile, saw 16 000 entries with 7426 men and 8754 women.
2017 Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon Results:
56km Ultra Marathon
1 Lungile Gongqa (South Africa) 3:09:43
2 Warinyane Lebopo (Lesotho) 3:10:21
3 Teboho Sello (Lesotho) 3:11:48
4 Collen Makaza (Zimbabwe) 3:12:17
5 Melly Kennedy (Kenya) 3:13:36
6 Dinke Kebede (Ethiopia) 3:14:19
7 Bongmusa Mthembu (South Africa) 3:14:44
8 Stephen Muzhingi (Zimbabwe) 3:15:47
9 Siphiwe Ndlela (South Africa) 3:17:06
10 Moeketsi Mosuhli (Lesotho) 3:17:36
1 Maryna Damantsevich (Belarus) 3:37:13
2 Jenna Challenor (South Africa) 3:47:32
3 Tanith Maxwell (South Africa) 3:55:42
4 Mary Khourie (South Africa) 4:01:08
5 Ntombesintu Mfunzi (South Africa) 4:01:26
6 Ulrica Stander (South Africa) 4:02:45
7 Janie Grundling (South Africa) 4:03:51
8 Tabitha Tsatsa (Zimbabwe) 4:04:08
9 Stephanie Smith (South Africa) 4:04:16
10 Sarah Bard (USA) 4:05:16
21km Half Marathon
1 Namakoe Nkhasi (Lesotho) 1:03:15
2 Khoarahlane Seutlaoli (Les) 1:03:45
3 David Manja (South Africa) 1:04:19
4 Lucky Mohale (South Africa) 1:04:36
5 Thabang Mosiako (South Africa) 1:04:38
6 Melikhaya Frans (South Africa) 1:05:07
7 Gladwin Mzazi (South Africa) 1:05:22
8 Marianio Eesou (South Africa) 1:05:35
9 Silindile Gubese (South Africa) 1:05:59
10 Phillimon Mathipa (South Africa) 1:06:24
1 Irvette Van Zyl (South Africa) 1:13:53
2 Nolene Conrad (South Africa) 1:14:27
3 Louisa Leballo (South Africa) 1:15:00
4 Cornelia Joubert (South Africa) 1:15:23
5 Lebogang Phalula (South Africa) 1:16:18
6 Lavinia Haitope (Namibia) 1:16:26
7 Mapaseka Makhanya (South Africa) 1:17:17
8 Rutendo Nyahora (Zimbabwe) 1:18:11
9 Christine Kalmer (South Africa) 1:18:46
10 Rhudo Monderwa (Zimbabwe) 1:19:53