Mokoka reclaims Shanghai Marathon crown

 
Updated: October 30, 2016

Stephen Mokoka won the Shanghai Marathon, adding to his previous victories at the race in 2013 and 2014


Stephen Mokoka produced a historic performance in China on Sunday, earning his third career victory at the Shanghai Marathon.

Competing at the IAAF Gold Label race for the third year in a row, the versatile distance runner completed the 42.2km event in 2:10:18.

While he crossed the line well outside his personal best of 2:07:40, he had no trouble holding off Kenyan athlete Asbel Kipsang who finished second in 2:11:16.

Mokoka became only the second man, after Ethiopian Gashaw Asfaw, to win the race three times.

Fellow South African athlete Mapaseka Makhanya also competed at the annual race, though her official result was not yet available, with organisers releasing the results of only the top eight women.

While Makhanya was reported to have finished in around two hours, 37 minutes, she did not finish among the top eight.

Ethiopian athlete Roza Bekele won the race in 2:26:18, shattering her personal best by nearly five minutes to edge out Kenyan Margaret Agai by two seconds.