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Edward Mothibi wins Comrades Marathon

Edward Mothibi has won the Comrades Marathon in South Africa from three-time champion Bongmusa Mthembu.

Mothibi, who finished fourth to fellow South African Mthembu on debut in 2018, in the Down Run from Pietermatitzburg to Durban, clocked a time of 5 hr 31min 33sec in winning this year's Up Run from City Hall in Durban to Scottsville Racecourse in Pietermaritzburg. The race distance is 86.83 kilometres.

Mthembu recorded a time of 5hr 31min 58sec in finishing second, with Nao Kazami, the 100 kilometer world record holder, from Japan, third in 5hr 39min 16sec.

Gerda Steyn, from South Africa, won the women's race in an Up Run-record time of 5hr 58 min 53 sec, more than 10 minutes quicker than the mark of 6hr 09min 23sec set by Russian runner EIena Nurgalieva in 2004. She finished 17th overall.

Alexandra Morozova, from Russia, finished second in 6hr 17min 40sec, with Caitriona Jennings, from the Republic of Ireland, third in 6 hr 24min 12 sec.

Morozova had previously finished second in 2017 and third in 2018.