Agony exit for veteran runner

Neale Emslie

VETERAN Port Elizabeth roadrunner Sizinzo Kama had his Comrades Marathon dream shattered yesterday when illness forced him to withdraw from the race shortly before the finish.

Kama, who came to prominence when he won the 60-69 age division in the Two Oceans 56km race earlier this year, had been hoping to add the Comrades title to his list.

However, he said last night he had to pull out with just 8km remaining.

“I was not feeling well at all and was continually having to leave the road because of my stomach problems, and I was vomiting,” the 61-year-old Kama said.

Meanwhile, there was a measure of success for promising Port Elizabeth runner Sandile Ngunuza, of Nedbank Running Club, who produced his best Comrades performance with a 14th place overall in a time of six hours, one minute and 13 seconds. He was followed home by provincial colleague Mzwanele Maphekula (Bonitas), who finished in 19th place in 6:11:47.

Ngunuza finished just under half an hour behind men’s winner Claude Moshiywa, of Gauteng, who broke the finish tape in 5:32:08.

Nedbank club official Irene van Eeden said considering the circumstances, it had been an excellent run by Ngunuza.

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