Wesley Botton
Chief sports writer
1 minute read
2 Nov 2014
9:33 pm

Mokoka shines again in Shanghai

Wesley Botton

Stephen Mokoka defended his title at the Shanghai Marathon on Sunday, clocking 2:08:43 to win the race for the second time in four attempts.

FILE PICTURE: Stephen Mokoka. Picture: Gallo Images.

Targeting a career record, Mokoka fell just 10 seconds short of the 2:08:33 he clocked in Seoul four years ago, winning by four seconds from Ethiopian Abreham Cherkos.

Later in the day, at the New York Marathon, fellow South African Lusapho April struggled in the latter stages, fading to 12th position in 2:16:50.

Kenyan former world record holder Wilson Kipsang defeated Ethiopian Lelisa Desisa in a tight sprint for the line to secure victory in 2:10:55.

South African wheelchair racer Ernst van Dyk, who won the race in 2005, took second place after being edged by Australian Kurt Fearnley in a six-man sprint.