April 19, 2014
Lebenya Nkoka WINS the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon 2014
And the winner of the R250 000 and title holder of the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon is Lebenya Nkoka from Lesotho who finished at 03:09:51. At age 31, Lebenya Nkoka is known as one of the top finishers in the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon 2013 and has also won accolades in other notable marathons such as the Soweto Marathon (third place), Gauteng Half Marathon (fourth place) and the eDumbe Half Marathon (third place).
The first lady to cross the finish line this morning at UCT rugby fields was 34-year-old Nina Podnebesnova from Russia. Nina’s background includes third place in the Rock ‘n Roll Marathon, fourth in the Siberian International Marathon and 13th in the Comrades. Cape Town Tourism would like to congratulate the winning athletes on an astounding performance all round!
Each year, international runners from all corners of the world flock to the Mother City to compete in what is known globally as the most beautiful marathon in the world. This year, the stakes have been raised when the title sponsor, Old Mutual, put forward a R1 million bonus prize for anyone who is able to break the record.
This year also marks the 15th year that Old Mutual is the title sponsor for the marathon. Mokoaedi Dilotsotlhe, General Manager of marketing at Old Mutual said, “The R1 million that Old Mutual is offering the winning male and female record-breakers has attracted one of the fastest fields ever compiled for an ultra-marathon." The prize is over and above the R250 000 that would be awarded to the ultra-marathon record breaker. This has made the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon the most prestigious race in Africa and one of the top five ultra-marathons in the world!
Although the record wasn't broken today and no one won the R1 million, we're still extremely proud to see the performances. And seeing their faces as they swept through the final stretch to cross the finish line is nothing short of priceless.
Half marathon winners for #OMTOM2014 were:
- Stephen Lesego Mokoka with a time of 01:04:16 (men's)
- Diana Lebo Phalula with a time of 01:14:00 (women's)
If you’d like to know how you scored in the race, the provisional race results can be found on the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon website. Good luck!