Pretoria — North West Premier Thandi Modise has wished 27-year-old Stephen "Tshipi-Tshipi" Mokoka well in the London 2012 Olympic Men's Marathon race, which takes place this afternoon.
"We join the Mokoka family and community of Ramatlabama village in wishing our boy well. Tshipi-Tshipi carries with him the hope and aspirations of our youth and our rural communities," said Modise.
Mahikeng Local Municipality has organised a big screen in Ramatlabama village to watch Mokoka's race.
Mokoka recorded 27:40.73 during the Yellow Pages SA Senior Track and Field Championship to record the third fastest time ever run by a South African. Only SA record holder Hendrik Ramaala and nine-time SA 10 000m champion, Xolile Yawa, have gone faster.