JOHANNESBURG – Ntshindiso Mphakathi believes the break in at his home prior to Sunday’s Soweto Marathon contributed to him having a poor race.
Mphakathi had talked up his chances to the extent of promising to deliver the title that has eluded South Africans since Michael Mazibuko’s win back in 2011.
But while he claimed eighth place to be the first South African home, as he did in 2014 and 2017, the position was not in sync with his confident pre-race talk.
“Two weeks ago my place was broken into by criminals. They took my pair of running shoes and the other pair I was going to use in the race,” he explained.
“I was mentally prepared for the race before they came (but) they killed my momentum. It was close to the race and that affected me mentally,” the man from Soweto added.