CAPE TOWN –Three-time Comrades marathon winner Bongmusa Mthembu added the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon title to his list of achievements, in an exciting finish at the University of Cape Town grounds in Cape Town on Saturday morning.
Mthembu, the defending champion for this year's Comrades race, crossed the finish line in 3 hours 8 minutes and 40 seconds, with 2013 race winner David Gatebe next best in 3:10.30.
Kenyan Justin Cheshire ended third in 3:11.23.
Mthembu's bold bid for victory came as late as the final 1 kilometre of the 56km ultra distance event, as he held off the challenges of Frenchman Abraham Kiprotich, Gatebe and the ever-present Sinteyu Legese to take the honours.
This makes up for the disappointment of last year's race where Mthembu had to settle for 5th place.