Foreign athletes overcame poor, wet conditions on Sunday to dominate the annual Durban City Marathon in the coastal city.
Barnabas Kiptum of Kenya won the men’s race, shrugging off torrential rain to cover the 42km distance in 2:14:37, nearly two minutes ahead of compatriot Emmanuel Tirop, who finished second in 2:16:15.
Siyabonga Nkonde was the first South African home, taking third place in 2:18:27 to clip 28 seconds off his personal best.
The women’s race went down to the wire, with the top three finishers crossing the line within 11 seconds of each other in a sprint finish.
Chelitu Asefa of Ethiopia secured victory in 2:42:16, shattering her career record by nearly 15 minutes.
Kenyan Eunice Muchiri grabbed second spot in 2:42:20 and Ethiopian Amelework Fikadu was third, a further seven seconds off the pace.
Keneilwe Sesing was the first local woman to finish, ending ninth in 2:53:15.