Durban - South African Charne Bosman won the women's Comrades Marathon in a time of 6 hours 25 minutes and 55 seconds in the 89km ultra-race from Pietermaritzburg to Durban on Sunday.
Bosman beat out defending champion Caroline Wostmann 6:30:44, who had opened up an 11-minute gap at one stage, for top-honours.
Wostmann had looked set to repeat her win in 2015 when she won by over 20 minutes, but battled cramp, injury and even a collision with a race motorbike in the latter stages of the event.
Bosman, 40, had never claimed victory in an ultra-race before but her steady pace throughout helped her pass Wostmann in the final two kilometres, and power through to a breakthrough victory.
Kasja Berg of Sweden claimed third place in a time of 6:39:04. Wostmann took the initiative early on, and began moving ahead near halfway as she upped her pace per kilometre by five seconds to 4:06 per km.