JOHANNESBURG – South Africa’s Gerda Steyn will run the New York Marathon on November 4.
“So honoured to be invited to the GREATEST MARATHON ON EARTH!!!” Steyn tweeted on Tuesday.
Dubbed the smiling assassin after her breakthrough Two Oceans ultra marathon victory in April to hoist her flag in the South African ultra-running landscape, the 28-year-old continues to improve in her fledgling career.
In her first Comrades in 2015, the novice finished an impressive 56th in eight hours 19 minutes and eight seconds.
A year later, Steyn was just outside the top-10 taking 14th in 7:08:23. Then in 2017, her phenomenal rise in the race continued with a fourth-place finish in 6:45:45. This year Steyn finished second in 6:15:34, beaten to first place by the phenomenal run of Ann Ashworth who took victory in 6:10:04.
Steyn has a 42.2km personal best 2:37:22, and could well improve on that time at the New York Marathon.
African News Agency (ANA)