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Lesotho, Russian athletes take Two Oceans titles
- Updated: April 19, 2014
Lesotho’s Lebenya Nkoka secured his┬ámaiden victory in the 56-kilometre Old Mutual Two Oceans ultra-marathon on Saturday.
Nkoka broke clear of a three-man lead group with less than 10km remaining to win the annual race in an official time of 3hr 09min 52sec, reports Sapa.
Local favourite Hendrick Ramaala fought back in the closing stages, after dropping off the pace, to grab second place on his ultra-marathon debut.
Nina Podnebesnova of Russia won the women’s race in 3:40:07, and Paulina Njeya was the first South African woman home, taking fifth position in 3:50:48.
South African Stephen Mokoka won the Two Oceans half-marathon race in a time of 1:04:16, whilst Lebo Phalusa won the women’s half-marathon in 1:14:00.
Men: 1 Lebenya Nkoka (LES) 3:09:52, 2 Hendrick Ramaala (RSA) 3:11:33, 3 Masilo Matjiane (LES) 3:12:00, 4 Warinyane Lebopo (LES) 3:12:24, 5 Ketema Tadesse (ETH) 3:12:35, 6 Michael Mazibuko (RSA) 3:13:05, 7 Arnold Kibet Kiptaoi (KEN) 3:14:06, 8 Henry Moyo (MAL) 3:15:37, 9 Mthandazo Qhina (RSA) 3:16:07, 10 Othaniel Phahlane (RSA) 3:16:21
Women: 1 Nina Podnebesnova (RUS) 3:40:07, 2 Shitaye Gemechu Debellu (ETH) 3:43:37, 3 Elena Nurgalieva (RUS) 3:43:59, 4 Mamorallo Tjoka (LES) 3:46:13, 5 Paulina Njeya (RSA) 3:50:48, 6 Olesya Nurgalieva (RUS) 3:51:46, 7 Chelitu Bogale Asefa (ETH) 3:56:58, 8 Ntombesintu Mfunzi (RSA) 4:00:52, 9 Alemtsehay Hailu Kakissa (ETH) 4:03:56, 10 Samukeliso Moyo (ZIM) 4:07:32
Men: 1 Stephen Mokoka (RSA) 1:04:16, 2 Joel Mmone (RSA) 1:04:29, 3 Gladwin Mzazi (RSA) 1:04:29, 4 Benedict Moeng (RSA) 1:04:40, 5 Asefa Negewo (ETH) 1:05:12
Women: 1 Lebo Phalula (RSA) 1:14:00, 2 Rene Kalmer (RSA) 1:14:23, 3 Gezashigh Gemeda (RSA) 1:15:02, 4 Mapaseka Makhanya (RSA) 1:15:35, 5 Lavinia Haitope (NAM) 1:16:41