Kenyans Dominate The 2019 Cape Town Marathon
Africa’s only IAAF Gold Label Status marathon delivered once again as Kenya’s Edwin Koech won the 2019 edition of the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon in 2:09.20, averaging a pace of 03:04 per kilometre. In somewhat windy, but cool conditions, Koech was too strong for a stellar field that included Daniel Muteti, Mohamed Ziani and South Africa’s Elroy Gelant, breaking away in the final kilometre. Koech defeated Muteti who was the official pace maker by five seconds. Mohamed Ziani rounded out the podium (2:09.29).
Elroy Gelant, in only his second marathon ever, ran an incredible race in a time of 2:10.31 to also claim the SA title – his average pace was a blistering 03:06 per kilometre.
Kenyan Celestine Chepchirchir smashed the course record of Helalia Johannes, clocking 2:26.44. That is just under three minutes faster than the record set in 2018 (2:29.28). Nurit Shimels Yimam was second (2:27.40), Gete Mindaye Tilahun came home in third (2:28.32). All three were inside the previous course record.
Cornelia Joubert claimed the SA Marathon title in 2:43:18. In the 10km Peace Run, Precious Mashele broke the tape, finishing in a time of 28:35 minutes.
In the women’s race, Fortunate Chidzivo won in a time of 32:24, which is a new Zimbabwe National Record.