Stephen Mokoka and Glenrose Xaba will today (Wednesday) arrive back in South Africa from Buenos Aires, Argentina with their South African half marathon king and queen crowns.
The duo won the Athletics South Africa (ASA) 21.1km Championships in Port Elizabeth last month and now record-breaking runs in the Argentinian capital.
Mokoka, who has won multiple marathon championships in SA, he finished fourth in the Buenos Aries Half Marathon in 59:51 to break the long-standing record from Hendrik Ramaala of 60:07.
“Tough race and good experience, the guys out here do not have mercy, they run hard. If I wish to make it, I have to train harder,” Mokoka told IOL.
The North-west born athlete has all three medals from the Summer Universidae (world student games), has ran at multiple World Championships plus the Olympics and won numerous marathons here in SA and internationally.
“When records are broken, it shows that we are progressing and Stephen has been working very hard. I have actually been thinking he would break it since 2012. He has been very focused and was never tempted to go into the ultras or for the quick money like others,” added Mokoka.
“I am very happy for him and I know he has now opened the floodgates that will see the likes of Elroy Gelant and Prince Mashele going for a sub 60 in the half marathon now,” Mokoka concluded.
On the other hand, Xaba continues to shock with another historicn half Marathon run.
The race in Argentina was only her second at this distance but she handled it like a profession , her 69:44 making her the first ever black South African female to dip under the 70 minutes mark.
This time puts her in third place on the South African List.