JOHANNESBURG - "We are up there with the world’s best."
Nick Bester was perhaps being a little too modest. Moments after the South African men’s team he is the manager of won gold at the IAU World 50km Championships in Brasov, Romania yesterday, Bester’s excitement was somewhat contained.
He should have been jumping for joy and he should have uttered the words “we are the best in the world” instead. After all they were the best team out of the 27 participating countries. Team South Africa finished in a combined time of 8:28:36. Germany were in second spot overall following their 8:35:52 while the Great Britain and Northern Ireland took home bronze in 8:41:00.
Good as their run was, Bester had hoped for individual honours as well and a first place finish by one of his team members would have had him walking on cloud nine.
Still, a runners up berth - by Lungile Gongqa - and three places in the top six of arguably the most competitive Championships since their inception, confirmed South Africa’s standing as a world leader in ultra marathon running.