Lungile Gongqa claimed victory in the Two Oceans ultra-marathon in a time of 3 hours 9 minutes 43 seconds in
It was a satisfying win for Capetonian Gongqa, 38, in just his second attempt, having finished 29th on debut in the race in 2012.
Just after the halfway mark, there was a massive group of leading contenders, and only in the final few kilometres did Gongqa begin moving away.
He was briefly joined by Lebopo, but as the runners passed the 52km mark, it was Gongqa who began surging ahead.
Coming into the finish at the UCT Sports Fields, Gongqa opened up a comfortable gap to take the win by over half a minute in 3:09.43.
In the women’s ultra-marathon event, Belarusian Maryna Damantsevich obliterated the field to take victory in a time of 3 hours 37 minutes 13 seconds (3:37.13).
Damantsevich set the pace from the early stages of the race and already held a commanding lead at the 21km mark.
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With two-time defending champion Caroline Wöstmann pulling out of the event at the 11km mark with a hamstring injury, it left the race wide open.
The competition, however, mattered little to Damantsevich as she maintained her fast pace throughout the race.
Such was her dominance that the title was effectively decided with 15km to go as her lead approached 10 minutes.
In the men’s half-marathon race, Namakoe Nkhasi of
In the women’s half-marathon,