PE runner strikes gold in Two Oceans ultra-marathon

AN objective to end in the top 10 was transformed into a golden dream for Port Elizabeth runner George Ntshiliza when he won the Two Oceans ultra-marathon in Cape Town at the weekend.
Running for the Nedbank Club, Ntshiliza produced a late surge to break the foreign stranglehold on the 56km road race. He is the first South African to take the honours since 2003, coming from behind to beat Motlhokoa Nkhabutlane, of Lesotho, and storming clear with less than a kilometre remaining to win by 18 seconds.
 The 31-year-old crossed the line in 3hr 8min 31sec.
 Russia’s Olesya Nurgalieva led twin sister Elena to another one-two in the women’s race to strengthen their grip on South African ultra- marathons.
Nedbank Club chief executive Irene van Eeden said yesterday, Ntshiliza, a prolific winner of shorter races, had been targeting a place in the top 10.
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