Event: Women’s Long Distances Date of birth: 1985/04/09 Personal bests: 800m (2:03.36),...
WOSTMANN, FOKORONI WIN TWO OCEANS TITLES
Caroline Wostmann extended her impressive streak on the top-flight ultra-distance circuit, defending her Old Mutual Two Oceans 56km title with a late surge, while Mike Fokoroni also took advantage of the slow pace to win his maiden crown in the men’s race in Cape Town on Saturday.
Sticking to a conservative plan, as part of her build-up to the Comrades Marathon in KwaZulu-Natal in May (where she will also defend her title) Wostmann launched a strike in the last 14km to tear through the elite women’s field and bag a hard-fought win.
She finished in 3:44:47, with fellow South African Tanith Maxwell, who led for most of the race, holding off challenges from Ethiopian Amelework Fikadu and Charne Bosman to grab second spot in 3:45:58.
Fikadu and Bosman ended third and fourth, while 51-year-old SA marathon record holder Colleen de Reuck, now representing the United States, set a masters’ race record of 3:53:10 to take fifth place in her maiden ultra.
Fokoroni, meanwhile, made a decisive break up the Constantia Nek climb in the second half and opened a gap of more than a minute on countryman Collen Makaza to win in 3:13:36, the slowest time required for victory at the race since 1994.
Makaza, a two-time world 50km champion, finished second in 3:14:48.
Defending champion Motlokoa Nkhabutlane of Lesotho was third, and Ludwick Mamabolo hung on for sixth position as the first South African across the line, after making an early break with veteran Gert Thys who faded out of contention.
In the popular half-marathon event, Namakoe Nkhasi of Lesotho edged out Elroy Gelant in a sprint finish, securing victory in 1:03:38.
Irvette van Zyl, gearing up for her Olympic qualifying attempt at the London Marathon next month, was well clear of Botswana’s Onneile Dintwe, coasting to the women’s 21km title in 1:13:14.
* Full results are available in our Results section