Muzhingi claims Comrades hat-trick

first_imgRussia’s Irina Vishnevskaya claimed sixth place, with Britain’s Elizabeth Hawker in seventh. South Africans picked up the remaining top 10 spots through Adinda Kruger, Kerry Koen, and Riana van Niekerk. Her twin sister, Olesya, claimed second, 23 seconds behind Elena, with third place going to the American Kami Semick, a World Cup winner over 100 kilometres in 2009. Zimbabwe’s Chasara Masiyatsva claimed sixth place, with South Africans Ludwick Mamobolo, Charles Tjiane, Brian Zondi, and Mncedisi Mkhize filling the remaining places in the top 10. The 2011 race drew 19 617 starters, making it the third largest entry in its long history. Took chargeThe miner from Limpopo pushed the pace over the second half of the race, but paid for his efforts at the business end of proceedings as Muzhingi took charge 14 kilometres from the end. WOMENElena Nurgalieva (Rus) 6:24.11Olesya Nurgalieva (Rus) 6:24.35Kami Semick (USA) 6:26.24 Ellie Greenwood (GBR) 6:32.46Farwa Mentoor (RSA) 6:35.49Irina Vishnevskaya (Rus) 6:42.07Elizabeth Hawker (GBR) 6:48.28Adinda Kruger (RSA) 6:49.01Kerry Koen (RSA) 6:56.20Riana van Niekerk (RSA) 6:56.38 Swedish novice Jonas Buud, the winner of the Swiss Alpine Marathon for the past four years and the Swedish record holder over 100 miles, made his first Comrades Marathon attempt a memorable one by finishing fourth. Sixth victoryRussia’s Elena Nurgalieva claimed her sixth Comrades Marathon victory, but it was, she admitted afterwards, her toughest win yet. 30 May 2011 Matshipa finished in 5:34.29, a long way ahead of third placed Claude Moshiywa, who finished seventh in 2010. Moshiywa crossed the line in 5:42:05 to give South Africa two men on the podium. Her winning time of six hours, 24 minutes and 11 seconds was also her slowest winning time yet and well off her up run record of 6:09.23. To compound matters, she also had to deal with taking a tumble 27 kilometres into the race.center_img Zimbabwe’s Stephen Muzhingi followed up his two down run victories with an up run victory in the 86th running of the Comrades from Durban to Pietermaritzburg on Sunday. With his win, he became the first man in 23 years to claim the title in three successive years. Fifth place went to Gift Kelehe, the brother of 2001 champion Andrew Kelehe. MENStephen Muzhingi (Zim) 5:32.45Fanie Matshipa (RSA) 5:34.29Claude Moshiywa (RSA) 5:42.05Jonas Buud (Swe) 5:42.44Gift Kelehe (RSA) 5:43.59Chasara Masiyatsva (Zim) 5:44.33Ludwick Mamobolo (RSA) 5:50.17Charles Tjiane (RSA)5:50.46Brian Zondi (RSA), 5:51.08Mncedisi Mkhize (RSA) 5:51.17 The last man to achieve the feat was Bruce Fordyce, known as “the Comrades King”, who won the race eight times in a row, from 1981 to 1988, then sat out 1989 before returning in 1990 to add his ninth and last win. Muzhingi crossed the finishing line in five hours, 32 minutes and 45 seconds to record a comfortable victory over South Africa’s Fanie Matshipa, who had placed fourth last year. MilestoneIt was a milestone performance for Mentoor, who became the first woman to win 10 gold medals. TOP FINISHERS Canadian-based British runner Ellie Greenwood, the winner of the 100 kilometre World Championship in Gibraltar in November, finished fourth, just over three minutes ahead of the first South African, Farwa Mentoor. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img

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