Gerda Steyn Races to Record Win at Two Oceans Marathon
Gerda Steyn Races to Record Win at Two Oceans Marathon. Photo: TeamSA

Tokyo marathon Olympian Gerda Steyn showed why she is queen of the South African roads when winning a third consecutive Two Oceans Marathon title in record time on an idyllic Easter Sunday morning in Cape Town.

The 32-year-old became the first athlete in 22 years to claim a hat-trick of victories in the 56km race and she became the first woman to dip under three-and-a-half hours. Her time of 3:29:42 was nearly a minute quicker than Frith van der Merwe’s previous course record of 3:30:36.

“The record stays home. I’m really proud and humbled by that,” she said. “It was very tactical. I’ve been focusing on marathons over the past few years so I didn’t always feel so strong, but it worked out.”

Irvette van Zyl, who held the lead for a big part, was 49 seconds behind Steyn in 3:30:31, which was also under Van der Merwe’s record from 1989. In that year Van der Merwe finished 22nd overall.

In the men’s race, Ethiopia’s Edndale Belachew fought off a brave challenge from Nkosikhona Mhlakwana. The KwaZulu-Natalian looked to have the race in his keeping, but a late surge from Belachew saw him finishing three seconds behind the visitor, who triumphed in 3:09:08.

Source: TeamSA