After 8 years of Russian domination on the Women’s race, Ultra marathon Champion Elie Greenwood managed to win the Comrades marathon after a stunning finish in 6:18:15. Last year’s winner Elena Nurgalieva came second. Her twin sister Oleysa was third.
Zola Budd, the South African Olympic champion, famous for her barefoot running, crossed the finish line in seventh place.
South African Bongmusa Mthembu took the men’s title in 5:28:34. Ludwick Mamabolo arrived 4:41 minutes later, followed by Gift Kelehe. The three runners are South Africans.
The Comrades Marathon is an iconic 89 km race held in South Africa, in the KwaZulu-Natal Province, between Pietermaritzburg and Durban. Every other year, the course changes direction. This year it was a down race, from Pietermaritzburg to Durban.
More than 18,000 runners were on the starting line.
The complete video coverage of the race is available on Youtube.
|1||Bongmusa Mthembu||RSA||3:41 min/km||05:28:34|
|2||Ludwick Mamabolo||RSA||3:44 min/km||05:33:14|
|3||Gift Kelehe||RSA||3:45 min/km||05:34:39|
|4||Stephen Muzhingi||ZIM||3:46 min/km||05:35:18|
|5||Rufus Photo||RSA||3:46 min/km||05:35:30|
|6||Mncedisi Mkhize||RSA||3:46 min/km||05:36:06|
|7||Jonas Buud||SWE||3:48 min/km||05:38:17|
|8||Manoko William Mokwalakwala||RSA||3:49 min/km||05:39:29|
|9||Prodigal Khumalo||ZIM||3:49 min/km||05:39:36|
|10||Latudi Makofane||RSA||3:49 min/km||05:40:41|
|1||Eleanor Greenwood||GBR||4:15 min/km||06:18:15|
|2||Elena Nurgalieva||RUS||4:18 min/km||06:23:18|
|3||Olesya Nurgalieva||RUS||4:19 min/km||06:24:51|
|4||Irina Antropova||RUS||4:25 min/km||06:34:08|
|5||Jo Meek||GBR||4:34 min/km||06:47:02|
|6||Caroline Wostmann||RSA||4:37 min/km||06:51:43|
|7||Zola Budd Pieterse||RSA||4:40 min/km||06:55:55|
|8||Frida Sodermark||SWE||4:41 min/km||06:57:33|
|9||Martinique Potgieter||RSA||4:43 min/km||07:00:46|
|10||Julanie Basson||RSA||4:45 min/km||07:02:50|