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Mokoka powers to Great Scottish Run victory

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South Africa’s 2012 Olympian, Stephen Mokoka added another international title to his belt on Sunday, writes Mark Etheridge.
Mokoka won the Great Scottish Run half-marathon in Glasgow, Scotland.
The 29-year-old, who has multiple SA titles in track, road and cross-country, clocked a fine time of 61min 25sec as one of the pre-race favourites and Olympic gold medallist Haile Gebrselassie dropped out before halfway.
Gebrselassie also won last year’s Great Scottish Run in 61:09.
Runner-up on Sunday was Australia’s Stephen Chemlany in 61:32 with Kenya’s Mark Kiptoo third two seconds later.
Among the field of 30,000 that trailed in behind Mokoka was Australia’s 2014 Commonwealth Games marathon champion Mike Shelley.
Mokoka made his break for home with just under two kilometres to run – only Chemlany was able to go with him and it needed a second kick from Mokoka to make sure of the title.
‘I’m really happy about my performance,” Mokoka told the official race website. ‘When I left South Africa I was looking for a time of around 61 minutes, so I’m very happy about the outcome.  It’s my second fastest half marathon time.
‘It will give me confidence ahead of defending my title in the Shanghai Marathon on 2 November. I’m hoping for maybe a personal best there.’


2 comments
Lisa Imrie
Lisa Imrie

Well run Stephen..I ran too x Fantastic! not sure why they didn't let you come for the Commonwealth Games ... :( You're awesome!

Lisa Imrie
Lisa Imrie

Well run Stephen..I ran too x Fantastic! not sure why they didn't let you come for the Commonwealth Games ... :( You're awesome!