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May 25, 2009

Capetonian last to cross Comrades finish line

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Winner of the women’s race, Olesya Nurgalieva. Photo courtesy Clive Reid

Jerry Mboweni of Cape Town was the last runner to cross the finish line of the gruelling 89km (55mi) Comrades Marathon on Sunday May 24, 2009. The race is run every year between the cities of Durban and Pietermaritzburg in KwaZulu-Natal.

According to www.iol.co.za, Mboweni, who came in 10 006th place, dedicated his run to Jesus Christ in celebration of having overcome an 11-year heroin addiction. 

Mboweni’s wife, Vanessa, was very proud of her husband, who, she said, had worked extremely hard. This was his first attempt at the famous marathon and, according to his wife, a dream come true. His time was 11hr 59min 59sec and the race is closed after 12 hours.

The marathon was won by Zimbabwean Stephen Muzhingi – the first Zimbabwean ever to win the race – in a time of 5hr 23min 26sec. The women’s race was won by Olesya Nurgalieva from Russia in a time of 6hr 12min 11sec.

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