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Muzhingi wins Comrades again

2010-05-30 12:47

Durban - The spirit of the FIFA Soccer World Cup welcomed 2010 Comrades winner Stephen Muzhingi into Kingsmead Stadium in Durban on Sunday, as vuvuzelas blared in the electrically charged atmosphere.

Winning back-to-back down runs, Zimbabwean Muzhingi (F1 Bluff Meats) finished in 5:29:01, over five minutes slower than last year's run when he achieved the second fastest time in the history of the race (5:23:27).

The 33 year-old was congratulated by officials and hugged by members of his family and then fell to his knees in gratitude, and exhaustion, after being paraded in front of the photographers.

He looked totally bewildered as the pressure he was under midway through the race began to show.

"There was too much pressure on me to win," was all he could say afterwards.

South Africans Ludwick Mamabolo (5:35:28) and Sergio Motsoeneng (5:35:57) finished second and third, respectively.

It was a one, two, three for the Russians and Mr Price in the women's race. Elena Nurgalieva took her winning tally to five (6:13:03) followed a split second later by her twin sister Olesya (6:13:04).

Third place went to Marina Myshlyanova (6:26:02).

In fourth was American Kami Semick (6:32:54)and the first South African home was Farwa Mentoor (Bonitas) in fifth place (6:38:40).

Top ten results (gold medal winners):

Men:
1 Stephen Muzhingi (F1 Bluff Meats), Zimbabwe, 5:29:00
2 Ludwick Mamabolo (Mr Price) SA, 5:35:28
3 Sergio Motsoeneng (Discovery) SA, 5:35:57
4 Bongmusa Mthembu (Mr Price) SA, 5:37:48
5 Fanie Matshipa (Toyota) SA, 5:39:52
6 Fusi Nhlapo (Mr Price) SA, 5:40:25
7 Claude Moshiywa (Mr Price) SA, 5:43:03
8 Petros Sosibo (Mr Price) SA, 5:45:57
9 Peter Molapo (Nedbank) SA, 5:46:18
10 Leboka Noto (Mr Price) Lesotho, 5:48:44.

Women:
1 Elena Nurgalieva (Mr Price) Russia 6:13:03
2 Elena Nurgalieva (Mr Price) Russia 6:13:04
3 Marina Myshlyanova (Mr Price) Russia 6:26:02
4 Kami Semick US 6:32:54
5 Farwa Mentoor (Bonitas) SA 6:38:40
6 Lizzy Hawker UK 6:39:42
7 Irina Vishnevskaya (Nedbank) Russia 6:44:26
8 Lindsay van Aswegan (Toyota) SA 6:46:51
9 Adinda Kruger (Nedbank) SA 6:51:14
10 Anna Pichtova (Mr Price) 6:51:33

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Comments
  • Stanley - 2010-05-30 13:42

    Very proud of you Shingi keep that African flag fly high.Lift our African flags even higher during the world cup.

  • Masie - 2010-05-30 14:15

    Congratulations! I can't believe that u did it again.I thought that u wre gonna break the record for last year.Once more congratulations!

  • Running Man - 2010-05-30 14:26

    Congratulations Stephen. It's wonderful to see a Zim athlete win this race. We got so used to seeing Russians win every year and to see an African runner dominating is a pleasure.

  • Sitting Spectator - 2010-05-30 14:29

    Well done Farwa, South Africa is so proud of you. Hopefully we will see South Africans winning the women's and men's races before long. Congrats to all those runners who finished in time, and thank you all for participating in a race that South Africa can rightly be proud of.

  • Farai - 2010-05-30 16:26

    Well done Stephen. U did Zimbabwe proud. U showed the world that Zimbabwe is up there with the rest.

  • Trish - 2010-05-30 16:34

    Well done guys.. how truely wonderful to see our flag flying so high, this really is our year, SA

  • nhlayenza f sokhela - 2010-05-30 16:40

    Hand shaking wouldn't be ideal but lift up would be the appropriate gesture to Mr Muzhingi. Congrtulation my brother! Promise us that you will do it again in 2011'

  • Gaba Captuex - 2010-05-30 17:02

    congra 2 stephen

  • zakhele - 2010-05-30 17:17

    well done muzhingi .keep raising the zimbabwean and african flag high. let the world know that zimbabwe is alive and kicking and stil has a lot to offer. once again well done . ZIMBO NDIZVO.

  • Impi - 2010-05-31 06:52

    The greatest human race.

  • AMERICAN - 2010-05-31 08:41

    wHAT HAPPENED TO THAT AMERICAN GUY WHO WAS SO ARROGANT BEFORE THE RACE, SPEAKING OF RECORDS AND ALL?

  • Themba - 2010-05-31 09:35

    We were looking forward to this Stephen, keep the spirit high, you can still win it again. Looking forward to see you winning in other races. Congratulations to you, your family, supporters and your country. Chakanaka chinorumbidzwa.

  • Cheryl Lima - 2010-05-31 12:38

    Congratulations to Prodigal Khumalo in 12 place! Wow, you worked so hard for this place and just missed Gold! We are all so proud of you Prodigal. Keep on running:) God Bless. Your adopted family xxxx

  • PINKI - 2010-05-31 15:36

    IT IS HERE WE CAN FEEL IT. WELL DONE SOUTH AFRICANS YOU REALY MAKE US PROUD

  • PINKI - 2010-05-31 15:38

    IT IS HERE WE CAN FEEL IT. WELL DONE SOUTH AFRICANS YOU REALY MAKE US PROUD

  • Piet.Moselakgomo - 2010-06-01 08:25

    Iam very proud to see all the South Africans crossing the finishing line at Comrades,and the winner Stephen Mudzingi,I say good luck.To the runners up,I say,focus on training and improving your times,you might be on the fist spot next time.The only problem with South Africa when coming to Comrades marathon is that the top dogs in the goverment are doing little to promote this event nationally.Why?Because it wont fill their pockets with money like other events such as World Cup or botchy tenders.Many South Africans and I mean many of them,want to at least take part in this event just once in their life time.Who must forward an awareness programmes to the nation about Comrades marathon?We can all be the stake holders to this event as long as relevant departments in the goverment play their part,same as this World Cup and voting campaigns.How many top goverment officials were running in 2010 Comrades marathon?I am proud to have received my Bill Rowan Medal in my 2008 first attempt comrades marathon,proudly from Mashashane Limpopo,self sponsored.Viva Comrades Marathon Viva!

  • Vinpixel - 2010-06-01 09:01

    The Americano slept lateā€¦

  • Comrades 2010 finisher! - 2010-06-01 12:02

    Congrats to runner that were lined up at the start in PMB on that bitterly cold Sunday morning. You are all winners! Congrats to Stephen.. glad the winner was from Africa! Esp in the spirit of our African World Cup!

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