Kenya’s Lydia Simiyu ran the fastest time in South African soil in her first ever marathon at the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon that was held on Sunday (17) in Cape Town,South Africa.
Simiyu led 1-2 Kenyan finish as she cut the tape in a new course record of 2:25.41 thrashing the previous record of 2:26.44 that was set by Celestine Chepchirchir in 2019.
The 25 year-old was followed closely by Lucy Karimi who was the fastest athlete on paper as she crossed the line twelve seconds later.
Ethiopia’s Aynalem Teferi closed the first three podium finishes in 2:26.09.
South Africa’s Gerda Steyn and Beje Bekelu Geleta from Ethiopia finished in fourth and fifth place in 2:26.22 and 2:29.13 respectively.
Esther Macharia also from Kenya finished a distant sixth in 2:29.17