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April 07, 2012

Two Oceans Marathon 2012 results: Stephen Muzhingi wins again

Elena Nurgalieva of Russia claimed her fourth Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon title. Photo by Deon Gurling

Thousands of people braved the rain in Cape Town to watch Stephen Muzhingi of Zimbabwe win the 2012 Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon in a time of 3:08. This was Muzhingi's second title and many now predict that he will also win the Comrades Marathon in a few months. 

Elena Nurgalieva of Russia was the first woman home, claiming her fourth Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon title. Her twin sister, Oleysa, did not compete this year, but second place was still claimed by a Russian, in the form of Natalia Volgina.

The 21-kilometre half-marathon was won by South African Xolisa Tyali, in a time of 1:04. The women's event was won by Rene Kalmer, who is also the only South African woman to have qualified to run the marathon at the Olympics this year.

A record 25 000 runners took part in this year's Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon, with some 16 000 of those running the half-marathon. Runners from 78 different countries entered the race, confirming the international interest in the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon, often referred to as "the world's most beautiful marathon."

Stephen Muzhingi of Zimbabwe wins his second Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon in the pouring rain. Photo courtesy @Bjorn_Alexander 

Many athletes said they thoroughly enjoyed taking part in the race, despite the weather. "If anyone ever considered doing the Two Oceans half marathon in Cape Town: do it! It's a stunning race, even in the rain!" Anita Kessels said on Twitter.

The 56-kilometre ultra-marathon starts and finishes in Cape Town's southern suburbs, ending at the prestigious University of Cape Town grounds.

Some of the landmarks runners rave about along the route include coastal villages such as Muizenberg, Kalk Bay and Fish Hoek; the spectacular Chapman’s Peak DriveHout Bay, Constantia Nek and the final stretch past the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden.

Visit the event website for individual Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon results.

See photos of the race

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