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Top Local Athletes Can Expect Tough Competition From International Contingent



Elite athletes from all over the world, African and South Africa will descend on the Mother City to take part in the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon which takes place on Easter Saturday 15 April 2017.


The athletes are expected to deliver a top class performance both in the Half and the Ultra Marathon.


Caroline Wöstmann and Charné Bosman have dominated ultra running in this country for the past few years, with Wöstmann taking line honours in the past two Old Mutual Two Oceans Ultra Marathons.


Bosman has chosen to focus her training on the Comrades Marathon later in the year, while Wöstmann will be lining up come Easter Saturday, but can expect some tough competition from those who are focusing on the 56km Ultra Marathon.,


This Year there is a top contingent of international and African athletes that have confirmed their entries. These include Belarusian Marina Damantsevich and Ethiopians Almetsehay Kakissa and Elisabeth Arsedo who all boast personal bests of sub 2 hours 40 minutes for the standard marathon.


The fastest marathoner in the women's field is Damantsevich who has come to Cape Town with one goal, and that is to win and take home the first prize of

 R250 000. She boasts a marathon personal best of 2 hours 30 minutes and has run a host of 2 hour 35 minute marathons during her running career.


When asked if she polans to break the record, her coach Anatoliy Bychkov said that the record is an extremely tough one to break and that the runners needs to be comfortable running a 2 hour 36 minute marathon to do so. Bychkov added that she will be ready for the record next year.


There is an additional prize purse of R1-million courtesy of Old Mutual for the athlete who breaks the record originally set by Thomposon Magawana and Frith van der Merwe. Magawana set the men's record of 3:03:44 in 1988, while Van der Merwe set the women’s record a year later in 1989 when she ran a 3:30:36. The closest any runner has come since then is Zimbabwean Marko Mambo, who ran 3:05:39 in 2005. Russian Olesya Nurgalieva ran the second fastest women's time in 2008 when she crossed the finish line in 3:34:53.



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