Mokoka breaks South African all-comers record in Cape Town| News

Stephen Mokoka and Helalia Johannes cruised to victories at the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon, an IAAF Gold Label road race, on Sunday (23).

Bursting clear of the last remaining members of the lead group in the second half, Mokoka wrapped up a fine win in 2:08:31, setting a South Africa all-comers’ best and clocking the fastest time in the country since 1986, when the late Zithulele Sinqe (2:08:04) and Willie Mtolo (2:08:15) clocked quicker times on an aided course. Mokoka finished half a minute ahead of Kenyan Albert Korir, who clocked 2:09:02.

“We ran into a headwind in the first half and started struggling a bit, so after halfway we tried to push the pace and I’m happy with how the race turned out,” said Mokoka, whose victory also earned him the South African national title. “The course was…

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