Kenya’s Morris Gachaga lived up to expectations when he successfully defended his title at the 4th edition of the FNB Cape Town 12 ONERUN that was held on Sunday (20) in Cape Town.
Gachanga who was in this race for the third time led a Kenyan podium finish when he crossed the line 33:42, some 15 seconds off of his world best time from 2017.
Gachaga, after driving the pace to the 3km mark, then slipped back into the pack with Kenya’s Victor Chumo talking up the front running. He was watched closely by Uganda’s Abdallah Mande, Mande Bushendich, Eritrean Filmon Ande and Chumo’s countrymen, Mathew Kimutai and Noah Kipkemboi.
South Africa’s title hopes were on Joel Mmone, Stephen Mokoka, Gladwin Mzazi and Thabang Mosiako.
The South African challenge fell away just after 8km which was covered in 22:47, with only Stephen Mokoka, the 2016 Champion, still in the mix. 10km came and went in 28:25 and it was at this point that Gachaga and Chumo kicked again, dragging Mande Bushendich with them as they excited the Company Gardens.
Gacganga held onto the lead with a powerful kick that Chumo trailing to cross the line in three seconds later with John Langat closing the podium in 33.47
- Morris Gachaga (KEN) 33:42
- Victor Chumo (KEN) 33:45
- John Langat (KEN) 33:47