JOHANNESBURG – Stephen Mokoka and Glenrose Xaba will today land back in the country from Buenos Aires, Argentina with their South African half marathon king and queen crowns firmly on their heads.
The duo won the ASA 21.1km Championships in Port Elizabeth last month and at the weekend had splendid, record-breaking runs in the Argentinian capital.
Mokoka, who is also a multiple South African Marathon champion, finished fourth in the Buenos Aires Half Marathon in 59:51 to smash Hendrik Ramaala’s long-standing record of 60.07.
Ever the humble and driven athlete he is though, the man from Mafikeng in the North West was praising his competitors instead of jumping for joy at his feat.
“Tough race and good experience,” he said via WhatsApp “The guys out here do not have mercy, they run hard. If I wish to make it, I have to train harder.”