Asefa Negewo of Ethiopia broke David Tsebe’s fastest time run in South Africa in his Cape Town Marathon win on Sunday.
Pace setters provided a consistently high pace to attack Tsebe’s record of 2:09:50 and Negewo made good use of this winning in a time of 2:08:42.
Emannuel Tirop and Baranabas Kiptum who came second and third also stayed under the old record with times of 2:08:47 and 2:09:21, respectively.
In the women’s race Tish Jones crossed the finish line first in 2:36:13, ahead of Mergertu Geletu, who ran 2:36:34, and South African Lebogang Phalula, who finished in 2:38:00.
Race ambassador Elana Meyer said it was great to see such fast times being run on SA soil, which showed how much value a race of this stature brought to the sport at domestic level.
The 2016 Cape Town Marathon had a field of 8000 entrants and has firmly established itself as one of the continent’s most popular running events.
“We are confident it will continue to grow in success and popularity as the race goes from strength to strength in our goal to achieve IAAF Gold Label status,” said race director Janet Welham.
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