South Africa’s Stephen Mokoka beat Kenya’s Ernest Ngeno by whisker to defend his title at the 18th edition of the Shanghai International Marathon that was held on Sunday (13) in Shanghai, China.
This win made Mokoka to go into the history books for winning the title for the fourth time after surpassing Ethiopian Gashaw Asfaw who won the race three times consecutively from 2008, 2009, 2010.
The 31 year-old is a multiple national record holder, who has never finished outside the top four in his six previous appearances in Shanghai came to this race with a personal best of 2:07.40 that he set two years ago.
Mokoka beat his closest opponent by a whisker after he out kicked him at the last 2km cutting the tape in 2:08.35 with Ngeno coming in second three seconds later.
Two more Kenyans Asbel Kipsang and Edwin Kangongo took the third and fourth place in 2:09.02 and 2:09.12 with Ethiopian Wale Debas finished fifth in 2:09.40
1. Stephen Mokoka (RSA) 2:08.35
2. Ernest Ngeno (KEN) 2:08.38
3. Asbel Kipsang (KEN) 2:09.02
4. Edwin Kangongo (KEN) 2:09.12
5. Wale Debas (ETH) 2:09.40