South Africa’s Stephen Mokoka broke the course record of the Cape Town marathon which is in its 12th edition that was held on Sunday (23) in Cape Town, South Africa.
The 33 year-old, the most versatile runner battled for honors as he faced on three Kenyans Albert Korir, Philemon Kacheran and Kipsang Kipkemoi.
The South African decided to break away from the quality field at 33km and held on as he was chased by Korir who could not much the blistering pace to cut the tape in a new course record of 2:08.31 taking off 10 seconds from the previous record of Asefa Negewu that he set in 2016.
“I thank God for the win considering it was tough racing against four Kenyans but am very happy for the win and the course record title,” said Mokoka.
Korir who came with a personal best of 2:08.17 that he got early this year at Lake Biwa Marathon had to settle for second place in 2:09.02 with Philemon Kacherian who was debuting closed the podium first three finishes in 2:09.13
Kipsang Kipkemoi and Nicholas Rotich both from Kenya came in fourth and fifth in 2:09.21 and 2:12.39 respectively..
- Stephen Mokoka (SA) 2.08.31 CR
- Albert Korir (KEN) 2.08.56
- Philemon Kacheran (KEN) 2.09.07
- Kipsang Kipkemoi (KEN) 2.09.15