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Record-breaking Gerda Steyn claims third consecutive Two Oceans Marathon title

CAPE TOWN – Gerda Steyn set a new record in the 56km Two Oceans Marathon as she went on to claim a third consecutive title in Cape Town on Sunday.

She beat Firth van der Merwe's previous course record of 3:30:36, by becoming the first woman to break the 3.5 hour barrier in the race with a time of 3:29:42.

She's also the first athlete in 22 years to win three consecutive titles.

Irvette van Zyl finished second to complete a South African one-two on the podium.

Steyn won the race in 2018, 2019 and 2022.

The Two Oceans Marathon didn't take place in 2020 and 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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It’s official – our TRIPLE CROWN QUEEN IS HOME! What a smart race from our #TTOM2022 Queen, @gerdarun who made good on her promise to DEFEND HER TITLE AT ALL COST! Yaaaaaaassss, Queen! 🥇🎉 pic.twitter.com/pAUlFq1jdi

— Totalsports Two Oceans Marathon (@2OceansMarathon) April 17, 2022

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Ethiopia's Edndale Belachew won the men's race in a time of 3:09:05.

South Africa's Nkosikhona Mhlakwana finished second, just an agonising three seconds behind the winner in a time of 3:09:08.

This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Record-breaking Gerda Steyn claims third consecutive Two Oceans Marathon title

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