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Matthew defends 5km race title

"I wanted to challenge myself and see if I could do it again."

Benonian Matthew Pietroiusti was delighted after successfully defending his Cross the Line Half Marathon 5km title in Boksburg, on May 19.

The youngster crossed the line in 20:01 for first place.

He said he was happy with how he performed, adding he wanted to see if he could defend his title.

Matthew Pietroiusti with his dog Bruno.

“I really enjoyed the race. I won it last year, so I wanted to challenge myself and see if I could do it again. The route was great, with ups and downs. Running over the highway (N12) was a highlight for me,” he said.

This was his third podium after finishing second in 21:21 during the BNAC Marathon on April 21 and clocking 21:00 at the Colgate Race on May 5 to win the U14 category. He finished fifth overall.

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