Two Oceans Marathon record-breaker Gerda Steyn downs a beer!

Two Oceans Marathon record-breaker Gerda Steyn downs a beer!

The 32-year-old became the first woman in 23 years – since Lesotho’s Angelina Sephooa – to claim a hat-trick of victories.

In addition, she became the first woman to break the magical 3-and-a-half hour barrier in the race, stopping the clock on the UCT rugby fields in a time of 3:29:42.

In doing so she obliterated Frith van der Merwe’s previous course record of 3:30:36 by a full 54 seconds.

“The record stays home. I’m really proud and humbled by that,” she said afterwards.

“It was very tactical. I’ve been focusing on marathons over the past few years so I didn’t always feel so strong, but it worked out.”

Big pay day for Gerda Steyn

Besides her sponsor’s bonuses, Steyn took home R500 000 for her victory, thanks to the winner’s prize of R250 000 and an additional R250 000 for breaking the record.

Irvette van Zyl, who led for large parts of the closing stages, ensured a South African 1-2 by finishing in a time of 03:30:31, which was also inside of Van der Merwe’s record.

Sponsors Totalsports surprised Van Zyl with a R50 000 reward for also beating Van der Merwe’s 1989 time.

After her victory, Gerda Steyn headed for Foresters Arms – or ‘Forries’ as the popular Newlands watering hole is better known.

Upon her arrival, patrons and staff sang their congratulations to the golden girl of South African athletics.

Proving she’s a good sport both on the road and off it, Steyn graciously accepted the challenge of a beer down-down – in impressive style!

Steve Mathew was there to capture the moment.

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