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Mamabolo gets hero's welcome

2012-06-05 18:05

Polokwane - Polokwane residents poured into the streets on Tuesday to celebrate with Ludwick Mamabolo, who returned home after winning the Comrades Marathon in Durban at the weekend.

A convoy about 100m in length stretched along the streets, with blue-light vehicles leading the way.

Mamabolo became the first South African winner of the annual ultra-marathon in seven years when he won the 89km race on Sunday.

“I am very happy he did it. We are [all] Mamabolo's today,” said one resident who abandoned her shopping to join the celebration.

People sang at the office of premier Cassel Mathale where Mamabolo received a trophy from the provincial government.

Mamabolo’s father, Jeremiah, said his son had changed their lives.

“We have seen visitors [with] TV cameras," said Jeremiah Mamabolo.

"People don’t [usually] stop to visit and wish us well."

He said his son had been a keen sportsman from a young age, playing soccer and competing in road running events.

The street leading to Mathale's office was blocked for nearly three hours during celebrations.

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