"I’ll pay off my house," says Comrades champion Edward Mothibi

"I’ll pay off my house," says Comrades champion Edward Mothibi

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.

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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.

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"I’ll pay off my house", says Comrades champion Edward Mothibi

"I’ll pay off my house", says Comrades champion Edward Mothibi
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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.

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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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