24 Apr

Gongqa Wins On Home Soil

Olympic marathoner and Cape Town native Lungile Gongqa claimed victory at South Africa's Two Oceans Marathon earlier this month to become the first Capetonian since 1973 to win the race. Gongqa crossed the finish line in 3:09:43, over 30 seconds ahead of Warinyane Lebopo of Lesotho (second in 3:10:21) and over a minute in front of another Lesotho runner, Teboho Sello (third in 3:11:48).

“I was not confident of winning and at 42km in Hout Bay, I was just trying to keep up with the leaders,” Gongqa said after his victory.

“But I remembered the climb up Constantia Nek and started to feel more confident. Just after the top of the climb I passed around some water sachets to the others in the group. I like to help, but it was also to test them, to see how strong they were and to show I was feeling good.”

In the women's race, Belarusian Maryna Damantsevich produced a dominant display – triumphing by over 10 minutes in a time of 3:37:13. It was a race thrown wide open after a hamstring injury brought Caroline Wöstmann's bid to claim a third successive title to an abrupt halt at the 11km mark. Jenna Challenor had a strong maiden ultra, and finished second in a time of 3:47:32. Tanith Maxwell followed in third place, finishing in 3:55:42.

In the half marathon men’s race, Namakoe Nkhasi successfully defended his title and set a new Two Oceans course record (1:03:15), beating Khoarahlane Seutlaoli (1:03:45) in second place, and David Manja (1:04:19) in third place.

For more information on the Two Oceans Marathon, visit the event website.