33 year-old Stephen Muzhingi from Zimbabwe won the 2009 Comrades Marathon in time of 5:23:27. Second place Leonid Shvetsov of Russia in 5:33:10 and third place Charles Tjiane in 5:34:21. Stephen Muzhingi reached 3rd place in last years 2008 Comrades.
Muzhingi said he realised he could tell he was in stronger shape when he passed defending champion and record holder, Leonid Shvetsov, and knew then that he could win.
“Coming into the race, my only aim was to run sub 5:30. When I was about 100 metres behind Leonid, I started to relax but when I caught him, I knew I had the race.”
Muzhingi said he hadn’t thought about the 5:20:41 record, set by Shvetsov in 2007, but about three kilometres from the finish, spectators told him he had a chance to go for it, so he ran faster. However, by then it was too late but his time of 5:23:27 is the second best time ever for a Comrades Marathon!
Olesya Nurgalieva won the 2009 women’s Comrades Marathon in 6:12.12. Her twin sister, Elena Nurgalieva, who finished first in 2008, came second in 6:13.14 followed by another Russian, Tatyana Zhirkova in 6:15:03.
|3||Charles Tjiane||56834||South Africa||Male||05:34:21|
|4||Fusi Nhlapo||14084||South Africa||Male||05:36:17|
|5||Lucas Nonyana||52634||South Africa||Male||05:39:29|
|6||Mncedisi Mkhize||27026||South Africa||Male||05:41:14|
|7||Bongmusa Mthembu||31020||South Africa||Male||05:41:52|
|8||Peter Molapo||32757||South Africa||Male||05:42:25|
|10||Harmans Mokgadi||47411||South Africa||Male||05:44:49|
|5||Farwa Mentoor||25609||South Africa||Female||06:45:33|
|6||Lesley Train||47434||South Africa||Female||07:01:07|
|8||Lindsay Van Aswegen||11096||South Africa||Female||07:08:55|
|9||Belinda Waghorn||39498||South Africa||Female||07:09:36|
|10||Kashmira Parbhoo||20171||South Africa||Female||07:16:13|
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