Major upset in Two Oceans marathon
LITTLE-known David Gatebe caused a major upset in the Old Mutual Two Oceans marathon in Cape Town yesterday, which also saw Russian Natalia Volgina ending the domination of her compatriots, the Nurgelieva twin sisters Elena and Olesya.
Gatebe won the 44th edition of the 56km ultra-marathon in a time of 3:08.54, just over a minute ahead of compatriot Mthandazo Qhina, who finished second in 3:10:02. Moeketsi Mosuhli from Lesotho was third in 3:10:23.
The R250 000 prize money he won is the biggest of his career. "This is a big day for me. I have always wanted to win a major South African road running event.
"Winning it on Easter Saturday makes me proud, especially in ensuring that the title remains in the country," said Gatebe.
A sports officer employed by the Impala Platinum Mine in Rustenburg, the Kroonstad-born athlete is now targeting the Comrades Marathon and plans to defend his Two Oceans title next year.
"There is no turning back after this win. I want to keep on doing well in ultra marathons."
Volgina, who finished second last year, also won R250000 for triumphing in the women's section in 3:38.38.
Volgina, who won this event in 2002, was followed by Zimbabwean Thabitha Tsatsa, who clocked 3:39.57.
Former Soweto Marathon champion Charne Bosman was the first South African to cross the line in the women's event at 3:40.19 in her ultra-distance debut.
In the half-marathon event, Stephen Mokoka won it at 1:03.36.
Ethiopian Biru Mengistu walked away with women's crown to receive the R25000 cheque.
Controversial Comrades winner Ludwick Mamabolo, who ran thanks to an interdict on his drugs suspension after testing positive for a banned substance after the KZN classic, did not feature among the leaders.