WATCH Gerda Steyn Smashes Comrades Record and Edward Mothibi Wins in Thrilling Marathon

In a thrilling Comrades Marathon today, last year’s winner Bongumusa Mthembu was beaten to the finishing line by Edward Mothibi who won by just 25 seconds; while Gerda Steyn broke a record, becoming the first female to complete the ‘up’ run (Durban to Pietermarizburg) in less than six hours! Watch video below.

The Comrades Marathon said: “Steyn stopped the clock in 5:58:53, smashing the up run record with over 10 minutes faster than the 6:09:23 of Iena Nurgalieva in 2004.”

She also became the first woman in 30 years – since Frith van der Merwe in 1989 – to win both the Comrades and Two Oceans.

Today celebrated South Africa’s 94th legendary 89km Comrades Marathon.

New winner Mothibi, who reportedly came fourth last year, said:

I am very happy, I am excited. All I have to say is, thank you to the people who have supported me through thick and thin.

Mothibi won the race in 5:31:33, with Mthembu in second place with 5:31:58.

Steyn too was grateful for her win, saying:

I feel so blessed; I cannot believe that this dream came true for me today. It’s all thanks to God because today I had strength that I don’t know where it came from.

WATCH Gerda Steyn cross the Comrades Marathon finishing line and break a record

A day before the race Gerda posted gratitude:

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