Mokoka wins third Shangai Marathon

Stephen Mokoka, South Africa’s 10 000m sensation and TUT’s Pretoria Campus Sport Man of the Year, has emerged victorious from a three-men battle to bag his third title in four years at the Shanghai International Marathon, an IAAF Gold Label Road Race.
​​​​ ​​ Stephen Mokoka (left), South Africa’s 10 000m sensation receiving the Pretoria Campus Sport Man of the Year Award from Shadrack Nthangeni, Director of Sport and Recreation.​ ​​
​According to the SuperSport website, while 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 last year, when he finished second and was the slowest winning mark since 2012. According to Mokoka he was satisfied with his performance.

'Ste VoVo', as he is affectionately known, has made six appearances in the 21 year history of this competition. This victory now makes him the second man to have collected three wins in the race, following Ethiopia’s Gashaw Asfaw, who accomplished three consecutive victories from 2008 to 2010.

Mokoka’s resilience has set him far apart from his counterparts.  Given his third and fourth place finishes in 2011 and 2012 respectively, analysts are still stunned by the South African’s consecutive victories in 2013 and 2014. Even when he was outraced by Kenya’s Paul Lonyangata last year and had to settle for the runner-up spot, it seems nothing can discourage him.

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