CAPE TOWN – Kenyan Celestine Chepchirchir smashed the course record of Namibian Helalia Johannes, clocking 2:26.44 to win the women’s race at the Cape Town Marathon on Sunday.
That is just under three minutes faster than the record set in 2018 (2:29.28). Nurit Shimels Yimam (ETH) was second (2:27.40), Gete Mindaye Tilahun (ETH) came home in third (2:28.32). All three were inside the previous course record.
Cornelia Joubert came 12th overall in a time of 2:43:21 to claim the SA Marathon title.
It was arguably the strongest women’s field yet assembled at the Cape Town Marathon and it showed. With six sub 2:30 athletes in the field, it was hardly surprising that the women’s field delivered.
From the gun a group of nine athletes set a blistering pace, going through the 10km mark in 34:02, led by Kenya’s Janet Jelagat Rono.