Event: Women’s Long Distances Date of birth: 1985/04/09 Personal bests: 800m (2:03.36),...
FOREIGN ATHLETES SWEEP DURBAN MARATHON TITLES
Kenyan Barnabus Kiptum dominated the men’s race and Ethiopian Chelitu Asefa won an exciting sprint finish in a hard-fought women’s contest at the Durban City Marathon, held in tough conditions in KwaZulu-Natal on Sunday.
With the race held in torrential rain, which caused floods in the area, Kiptum pushed through the unfavourable conditions to earn a convincing victory in 2:14:37.
Countryman Emmanuel Tirop took second place in 2:16:15 and Siyabonge Nkonde led the local contingent to end third overall in 2:18:27.
Despite the poor conditions, Nkonde managed to improve his personal best of 2:18:55, which he set when taking fifth position at last year’s SA Marathon Championships in Mossel Bay.
In the women’s race, Asefa edged out two other athletes in a late dash for the line, taking the win in 2:42:16.
She smashed her career record of 2:57:00 set in Pietermaritzburg in August 2014, holding off Kenyan Eunice Muchiri by four seconds.
Muchiri was second in 2:42:20 and Amelework Fikadu of Ethiopia grabbed the final spot on the podium in 2:42:27.
With foreign athletes taking complete control of the race, Keneilwe Sesing was the first SA woman across the line, taking ninth place in 2:53:15 after she had apparently fallen during the race.
* Full results are available in our Results section