MEC congratulates Mandela Marathon winners

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The MEC for Arts, Culture, Sport and Recreation in KwaZulu-Natal, Bongi Sithole-Moloi congratulates the winners of the Mandela Day Marathon that took place between Imbali (Pietermaritzburg) and Howick in the KwaZulu-Natal midlands this morning (27/08/17). Ethiopian runner Tekletsion Tefera walked away with a R100 000 first prize money after winning the men’s race in 2hours; 28 minutes; 31 seconds. He was closely followed by Lyno Muchena with a time of 2:28:26 and Kabede Dinke came third in 2:28:44. They won R50 000 and R25 000 respectively.

In the women’s race Mamorolla Tjoka (2:48:49) took first spot, followed by Salam Alebachew (2:49:00) and Loveness Madziva took third spot (2:58:57).  

The Mandela Day Marathon captures the route used by the late President Nelson Mandela before his capture by apartheid security police.  The 42.2km race started from the Manaye Hall in Imbali and finished at the Mandela Capture site in Howick. The event also featured a 21km, 10km and 5km races. On Saturday, events that took place include a triathlon, mountain biking and a youth run.

Speaking after the race, MEC Sithole-Moloi congratulated the winners and all participants.

“We are happy with the way this race is growing. The number of people participating is rising every year. We will continue to work hard to ensure that we continually improve the standard of the race. What is more important is that this race is a reminder for South Africa and the world about our icon Nelson Mandela and we are handing over his legacy to the next generation so that it can be preserved,” said MEC Sithole-Moloi.

Inkosi Mandla Mandela said the race attracts thousands of people from all over the world who come to celebrate Madiba’s legacy. “It is our aim to grow this Marathon to be global to the level of  events like the London Marathon.”

RESULTS

MAIN RACE: (42KM)

42 km MALES:

1. Tekletsion Tefera 2:28:31, 2. Lyno Muchena 2:28:36, 3. Kabede Dinke 2:28:44, 4. Ramolefi Motsieloa 2:29:17, 5.  Sikhumbuzo Seme 2:29:32, 6. Melly Kennedy 2:29:36, 7. Lutendo Mapoto 2:30:31, 8. Tsotang Maine 2:31:16, 9. Edward Mothibi 2:31:28, 10. Tarisai Rukadz 2:31:37.

42 km FEMALES:

1. Mamorolla Tjoka 2:48:49, 2. Salam Alebachew 2:49:00, 3. Loveness Madziva 2:58:57, 4. Chelitu Asefa 3:07:17, 5. Charne Bosman 3:09:02, 6. Kidist Tedla 3:10:41, 7. Makhosi Mhlongo 3:12:14, 8. Samukeliso Moyo 3:14:16, 9. Melanie van Rooyen 3:14:41, 10. Catherine Skhosana 3:18:40

21 km Males

1. Jobo Khatoane 1:05:20, 2. David Manya 1:05:20, 3. Joel Mmone 1:06:31, 4. Tebello Ramakongoana 1:06:45, 5. Ntsindiso Mphakathi 1:07:12.

21 km FEMALES:

1. Bertha Chikanga 1:18:29, 2. Rudo Mhonderwa 1:18:37, 3. Rutendo Nyahora 1:21:14, 4. Janie Grundling 1:22:02, 5. Ntebeleng Letsela 1:22:17.

10 km MALES

1. Precious Mashele 30:55, 2. Namakoe Nkhasi 31:01, 3. Tabanga Mosiako 31:12.

1O km FEMALES

1. Janet Dlamini 37:22, 2. Malineo Mahloko 38:15, 3. Liteboho Makhatseana 38:21

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