Gerda Steyn called for an exciting record third in a row Marathon of the Two Oceans Title in Cape Town on Easter Sunday.
The 32-year-old became the first woman in 23 years – since Lesotho Angelina Sephooa – to rack up a hat-trick of wins and triumph in 2018, 2019 and 2022.
In addition, she became the first woman to break the magic barrier of 3.5 hours in the race, stopping the clock on the UCT rugby pitches with a time of 3:29:42.
Due to Covid-19 there were no races in 2020 and 2021.
In winning, Steyn wiped out Frith van der Merwes previous course record from 3:30:36 by a full 54 seconds.
“The record stays at home. I’m really proud and humbled about that.” she said afterwards.
“It was very tactical. I’ve been focusing on marathons for the past few years, so I didn’t always feel that strong, but it worked out.”
Big payday for Gerda Steyn
In addition to her sponsor’s bonuses, Steyn took home R500 000 for their victory, thanks to the winner’s prize of R250,000 and another R250,000 for breaking the record.
After her victory Gerda Steyn steered towards Forester Weapons – or ‘Forries’ as the popular Newlands pub is better known to locals.
Upon her arrival, patrons and staff sang their congratulations to the golden girl in South African Athletics.
Steyn, who still wears her winner’s medal, proved she’s a good athlete both on and off the road, and graciously accepted the challenge of a beer down – in impressive style!
Steve Mathew was there to capture the moment.
ICYMI: Gerda Steyn takes on the beer down challenge in Forries
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