of South Africa Gerda Steyn claimed a spectacular 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 earn a hat trick of wins.
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.
In doing so, she extinguished 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.
Irvette van Zylwho led much of the closing stages gave the South Africans a 2-1 win with a time of 03:30:31, also below Van der Merwe’s record.
sponsors overall sport surprised Van Zyl with a R50 000 Reward for also beating Van der Merwe’s 1989 time.
After her victory Gerda Steyn steered towards Forester Weapons – or ‘Forries’ as the popular Newlands pub is better known.
Upon her arrival, patrons and staff sang their congratulations to the golden girl in South African Athletics.
Proving she’s a good athlete both on and off the road, Steyn graciously accepted the challenge of a beer down – in impressive style!
Steve Mathew was there to capture the moment.
Two Oceans Marathon record breaker Gerda Steyn drinks a beer!
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