The 37-year-old won the Nedbank Runified 50km in 2:40:13, beating the previous record time of 2:42:07 set by Ethiopia’s Ketema Negasa last year.
‘Tired, but I enjoyed it’ – Stephen Mokoka
Stephen Mokoka competed in the marathon at the 2012 and 2020 Olympics and 10 000m at the 2016 Olympics.
“I’m tired. It’s a long way, but I enjoyed it,” he said.
Stephen Mokoka enjoyed a nice pay day for his efforts.
He pocketed R150 000 for winning the race, R100 000 for breaking the world record and R50 000 for being the first South African across the finish line.
In addition, he also received a R20 000 Nike voucher.
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South Africa’s Tete Dijana was runner-up to Stephen Mokoka, clocking 2:44:08, with another local runner, 2019 Comrades winner Edward Mothibi in third in 2:45:27.
World Athletics added the 50km distance to the list of events for which world records are recognised in July.
Ethiopia’s Amelework Fikadu Bosho dominated the women’s race to win in 3:04:58, almost four minutes ahead of second place but 34 seconds short of the world record.
Kenya’s Shelmith Muriuki was second in 3:08:30 with South Africa’s Irvette van Zyl third in 3:13:23.