JOHANNESBURG – Aleck Skhosana was understandably a relieved man following Sunday’s IAU 50km World Championships in Brasov, Romania where Team South Africa reigned supreme.
The Athletic South Africa (ASA) president had boldly proclaimed that the South African men’s team he was sending to the event was the best the country had ever put together.
True to their president’s words, captain Bongmusa Mthembu and his five teammates brought home the title of champions following a splendid run that saw three of them make the top six finish.
“To be honest, it would have been hard to swallow if the team I described as the best ever selected had failed. So, this achievement is in line with our sentiment that ultra-marathons are our speciality. Well done guys, you have done us proud,” Skhosana said in a statement.
Results of SA athletes at the @iaunews 50km World Championships:— Athletics_SA (@AthleticsSA_) September 1, 2019
2 L Gongqa 2:48:26
5 E Mothibi 2:49:49
6 @BongmusaM 2:50:23
11 J Manyedi 2:51:46
21 D Gatebe 3:02:43
17 @LandiRunner 3:28:47
34 @ntombesm 3:44:23
37 @tanithmaxwell 3:45:32
39 F Mbuthuma 3:47:15