Gerda Steyn shattered Elena Nurgalieva’s 2006 record time of 6hr 09min 24sec to win her first Comrades Marathon in a lung-bursting time of 5.58.53 on Sunday.

While the excitement lay with the men’s race where Edward Mothibi held off a spirited title defence from Bong’musa Mthembu‚ the 29-year-old Steyn became the first woman to run the Comrades up-run in under six hours...

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