With a whopping R500 000 Comrades Marathon first prize in his pocket, new champion Edward Mothibi did not hesitate to reveal his plans on how he’s going to spend his moola - he is going to pay off his house.
The jubilant winner said that this was the first time winning such a large amount of money.
“I got R80 000 last year [for finishing fourth on debut]. I want to pay off my bond because athletics is a short career.”
The Nedbank Running Club athlete snatched first place from defending favourtie Bong'musa Mthembu in 5 hours, 31 minutes and 33 seconds. Mthembu settled for the second spot 25 seconds later.
Mothibi admitted that Mthembu was a formidable opponent to compete with.
“It plays with your mind and if you are not strong mentally, you’ll lose it. They say 75% of this race must be mental. So you have to be mentally strong.”
Mothibi and Mthembu were head-to-head going up Camperdown but Mothibi broke away shortly afterwards.
The 34-year-old went on to say that he punished the defending champion after the uphill.
“I don’t know… maybe he was too relaxed. I took a chance and it was my day.”
Mthembu, who won the Two Oceans Marathon in April during his build-up to the Comrades, was gracious in defeat.
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