RAMONENE, ABERE EARN CONVINCING WINS

 
Updated: August 28, 2016

Selam Abere defended her marathon title (photo credit: www.nedbankrunningclub.co.za)

Tsepang Ramonene of Lesotho was rewarded for a brave run on Sunday, while Ethiopia’s Selam Abere again dominated the women’s race at the Mandela Day Marathon in Pietermaritzburg.

After taking the lead in the first half on the notoriously tough course, Ramonene stormed clear and held on to win the men’s 42km contest in 2:29:07, crossing the line more than a minute ahead of Ethiopian athlete Tekletsion Tefera, who finished second in 2:30:10.

Melly Kennedy of Kenya ended third, a further 28 seconds off the pace, and Jonas Makhele was the first South African home, grabbing fourth spot in 2:30:57.

Abere successfully defended her crown in 2:51:47, with compatriot Chelitu Asefa finishing second in 2:59:14.

Makhosazana Mhlongo was the first SA woman, in third place, in 3:14:16.

Olympic 5 000m runner Elroy Gelant won the men’s half-marathon in 1:04:36 and Rutendo Nyahora of Zimbabwe bagged the women’s title in 1:19:28.

In the 10km race, local athletes Phillimon Mathiba (30:30) and Liziwe Mabona (36:35) were the first man and woman across the line.
* Results of open men’s and women’s divisions are available in our Results section