JOHANNESBURG – To become a champion, sports experts often say, is easy. The challenge - they argue - is to repeat the feat, to hold on to the title.
Do that and you are sure to be revered. And so it is that those who win particular events on more than two successive occasions are afforded the status of legends.
Stephen Mokoka’s hat-trick in the ASA 21.1km Championships in Port Elizabeth at the weekend no doubt put the seal on the highly-decorated athlete’s greatness.
Typically, the man from Mahikeng in the North West took it all in his stride - Mokoka putting his victory down to “hard work”.
At 34, Mokoka is one of the older runners in the half marathon but his performances belied his age as he continues to show the younger generation his heels.