10 June 2018

South Africa: Comrades Title Stays in South Africa Hands as Mthembu Defends Title

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Left: Comrades marathon runner Bongmusa Mthembu celebrates his victory. Top-right: Banyana Banyana walloped hapless Lesotho at Dr Petrus Molemela stadium in Bloemfontein (file). Bottom-right: Rugby Sevens after their win at the Paris Sevens series.

South Africa's Bongmusa Mthembu has defended his Comrades title, winning the 93rd edition of the race from Pietermaritzburg to Durban in commanding fashion on Sunday.

It was Mthembu's third victory in the “Ultimate Human Race” having previously won the 'Down' run in 2014, in addition to last year's 'Up' run.

Local hero Mthembu, 34, who hails from Bulwar in KwaZulu-Natal's Midlands, finished in an unofficial time of 5:26:39.

Fellow South African Joseph Mphuthi finished second in a distant 5:35:14, while Great Britain's Steven Way stormed through the field to take the final podium spot in 5:35:31.

Running for the Arthur Ford Running Club, Mthembu crossed the finish line at the Moses Mabhida Stadium with his arms raised as 90.184km of agony quickly turned to joy.

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