Event: Women’s Long Distances Date of birth: 1985/04/09 Personal bests: 800m (2:03.36),...
WOSTMANN SECURES HISTORIC TWO OCEANS VICTORY
Caroline Wostmann was grinning from ear to ear when she crossed the finish line in Cape Town on Saturday, as she stunned a world-class field to win the women’s race at the Old Mutual Two Oceans ultra-marathon.
A part-time athlete who has gradually climbed the ranks in recent years, Wostmann caught long-time leader Nina Podnebesnova in the latter stages of the 56km race to secure victory by more than two minutes in 3:41:25.
She became the first South African to bag the women’s crown since Gwen van Lingen in 2001.
Having finished sixth at last year’s Comrades Marathon, Wostmann hoped to recover in time to put up another strong fight at the 89km race in KwaZulu-Natal at the end of May.
“I would definitely like to have another good Comrades,” Wostmann said.
“They do say if you run too hard at Two Oceans it can jeopardise your Comrades, so I’ll hold thumbs that this is not the case for me.
“I feel so blessed in this moment, and I just want to enjoy it now.”
Podnebesnova hung on to finish second, with South African marathon specialist Tanith Maxwell, making her ultra-marathon debut, taking third position.
Meanwhile, Motlokoa Nkhabutlane of Lesotho made up for a narrow defeat in 2011 to comfortably win the men’s race.
Nkhabutlane, who had been edged into second place by George Ntshiliza four years ago, made no mistake this time with his tactical approach, storming clear of Zimbabwean Collen Makaza to bag the title in 3:10:29.
Makaza, a two-time winner of the IAU 50km World Championships, was second in 3:12:43, and Moeketsi Mosuhli was more than a minute further back in third place.
Earlier, in the half-marathon race, Stephen Mokoka sprinted to victory in 1:04:00, earning his third straight title in the men’s event, with Elroy Gelant leading the chase as the first seven athletes dipped under 1:05:00.
Lebogang Phalula won the women’s race in 1:14:48, ahead of in-form Mapaseka Makhanya who was 20 seconds off the pace.
* Full results are available on our Results page