One of South Africa’s elite distance runners, Stephen Mokoka, has now claimed a hat trick of wins in the Shanghai International Marathon (IAAF gold status race) having won previously in 2013 & 2014. His winning time was 2 hrs 10 min 18 sec.
Enjoying a solitary lead in the last seven kilometres, the 31-year-old Mokoka clocked 2:10:18 to take a commanding victory. Although his time was 2:38 shy of his personal best of 2:07:40 when he finished second here last year and was the slowest winning mark since 2012, Mokoka was satisfied with his performance. IAAF -iaaf.org/…t/mokoka-wins-shanghai-marathon, 2016
From Mokoka: “It is my third time winning here. So I am very happy even if the time is not very fast,” he said. “I hope next year I will be able to come here again.”
Image Attribution: Shanghai Daily