Mamabolo wins Comrades

2012-06-03 11:28

Johannesburg - Ludwick Mamabolo broke the foreign stranglehold on the Comrades Marathon to win the 89km 'down' run in Durban on Sunday.

Mamabolo, who finished second in 2010, secured victory in five hours, 31 minutes, three seconds (5:31:03).

Lebohang Monyele took the early lead in the 87th edition of the race, but was caught by fellow novice Gert Thys shortly before the halfway mark.

Thys, the SA record holder in the standard marathon, had said before the race he was confident of setting a new course record.

He blew up spectacularly, however, after going through the halfway stage at Drummond with a lead of more than seven minutes over the other real contenders.

Mamabolo took the lead after four hours of running and tore clear to bag the first local victory in the race since Sipho Ngomane won in 2005.

Fellow South African Mthembu Bongmusa was second in 5:32.40, with five local athletes finishing among the top 10.

Defending champion Stephen Muzhingi of Zimbabwe, who was gunning for his fourth consecutive title, took sixth place in 5:38.02.

Elena Nurgalieva secured her seventh victory in the women's race, and her third in succession, despite the absence of twin sister Olesya, who skipped the race after giving birth to her first child.

Nurgalieva, who won in 6:07.12, brushed off challenges from other foreign athletes, including fellow Russian Natalia Volgina and British ultra-marathon specialist Eleanor Greenwood.

Having gone through the halfway stage with a narrow lead, Greenwood eventually fell back as Nurgalieva strengthened her decade-long grip on the race.

Greenwood held on to finish second in 6:08.24.

Kerry Koen was the first SA woman home, taking sixth position in 6:45:44, with three local athletes securing gold medals.

Gold medal winners in the 2012 Comrades Marathon, a 'down' run from Pietermaritzburg to Durban, on Sunday:


1 Ludwick Mamabolo (RSA) 5:31:03, 2 Bongmusa Mthembu (RSA) 5:32:40, 3 Leboka Noto (LES) 5:33:07, 4 Marko Mambo (ZIM) 5:33:44, 5 Leonid Shvetsov (RUS) 5:35:12, 6 Stephen Muzhingi (ZIM) 5:38:02, 7 Lephetesang Adoro (LES) 5:38:05, 8 Gift Kehele (RSA) 5:38:39, 9 Claude Moshiywa (RSA) 5:39:10, 10 Petros Sosibo (RSA) 5:40:13


1 Elena Nurgalieva (RUS) 6:07:12, 2.Eleanor Greenwook (UK) 6:08:24, 3 Marina Zhalybina (RUS) 6:30:54, 4 Joasia Zakrzewski (UK) 6:33:41, 5 Devon Crosby-Helms (US) 6:39:59, 6 Kerry Koen (RSA) 6:45:44, 7 Irina Vishneyskaya (RUS) 6:47:19, 8 Natalia Volgina (RUS) 6:51:06, 9 Melanie van Rooyen (RSA) 6:52:36, 10 Julanie Basson (RSA) 7:00:45.


  • anthonie.vanbosch - 2012-06-03 11:33

    Well done Mamobola !!!!!!!

      Jan - 2012-06-03 12:16

      Felt really proud seeing Mamo come through for the win - WELL DONE!

  • Rob - 2012-06-03 11:36

    Congratulations, fantastic effort, well done.

  • bedge.mahlangu - 2012-06-03 11:42

    Well done Ludwick Mamabolo, you've made South African proud.........!!!

  • bedge.mahlangu - 2012-06-03 11:43

    Well done Ludwick Mamabolo.........!!!

  • Mcarthy Mckay - 2012-06-03 11:55

    Good, better , best. Never let it rest. Until your Good is better and your better is Best. This goes to Mamabolo & Mthembu you made us proud today. I SALUTE YOU

  • Sean - 2012-06-03 12:09

    Brilliant run, he looked so casual. It's great to have five SA runners in the top 10 so well done to those runners as well

  • Mandy Casey - 2012-06-03 12:26

    Congrats, to all runners, but especially to Mamabolo. We have such good athletes in any number of sporting codes.

  • Ted - 2012-06-03 12:30

    I think Sipho won in 2005. Well done to Mamabolo. You are a worthier comrades than many of those who just think wearing a black beret at an angle and singing is enough!I support your type of toyi-toyi. You made a dreary weekend much better. Possibly the only person or event this week that has shown that deep down, we have the capacity to support a single goal and to be happy about it!

      Jan - 2012-06-03 12:32

      Why do you have to bring negativity into a positive occasion! Well done to Mamo - fullstop!

      Ted - 2012-06-03 12:38

      @Jan. I don't see anything negative. When I mention Sipho, its a correction to the story which says it was in 2003. Yes, we salute Ludwick.

  • owen.mapaila - 2012-06-03 12:33

    Rea leboga Warra!!otloga o shumile go feta seatla..!

      Rob - 2012-06-03 12:36

      Jebo !

  • Khosi - 2012-06-03 12:37

    Big Up to Mamabolo, you've done us proud. Re thakgetsi ka kudu sa mma. Much love!!!!

  • glen.e.huysamer - 2012-06-03 12:38

    Viva comrade Mamobala!!! Well done!

  • Adil Smit - 2012-06-03 12:41

    Fantastic! Congratulations :-)

  • olebogeng.koloje - 2012-06-03 12:44

    U made us proud. Re ipela ka wena. Congrats' Mamabolo.

  • david.lebethe - 2012-06-03 12:45

    I also want to join the chorus to congratulate one of our own to win a race that was dominated by foreigners all these times. I doff my hat to Mams and all those who supported him, especially his family and the community he comes from. Well done my bra. We are all happy for you.

  • Mashole - 2012-06-03 13:11

    Kolobe.....O SENATLA!!!!

  • Teboho - 2012-06-03 13:32

    Well done Mr Mamabolo, We proud and keep it, only have one wish \ retain the little next race\

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