Mthembu & Steyn Smash The 2019 Two Oceans Ultra!
Cool weather, but rainy in parts, made for a fantastic running day during the 50th anniversary of the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon.
South Africa’s 2018 Comrades champion Bongmusa Mthembu once again proved his skills when he overtook Ethiopian Sintayehu Yinesu after the climb up Southern Cross Drive and never looked back.
Mthembu proceeded to win his first Old Mutual Two Oceans Ultra Marathon in 03:08:40, followed by David Gatebe (RSA) 03:10:30, and Justin Cheshire (KEN) 03:11:23 in third position. The question now remains, will Mthembu be able to make it a back-to-back Two Oceans and Comrades win in 2019? Time will tell!
In the ladies race, Gerda Steyn started off as a major favourite to win, and she did not disappoint, successfully defending her 2018 title. She lead the pack early on in the race, with SA’s Irvette Van Zyl and Kenyan Priscilla Lorchima.
Steyn steamed ahead with a strong lead and ultimately took the win in 03:31:28, followed by Mamorallo Tjoka (LES) in 03:38:23, and Irvette van Zyl (RSA) in 03:41:32.
The men’s half marathon was won by South Africa’s Elroy Gelant in a time of 1:03:20, followed by Lesotho’s Jobo Khatoane in 1:03:31 and Stephen Mokoka in 1:03:33.
In the ladies race, Namibian Helalia Johannes took her fifth victory in a time of 1:10:30, and in turn broke her own 2011 course record. Zimbabweans Betha Chikanga finished second in 1:14:29 and Fortunate Chidzivo crossed the finish line in 1:15:39.
Congratulations to all the runners who took part in the 2019 Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon!