Ultra-distance star gerdarun slashed more than a minute off the 25-year-old SA marathon record set by Colleen de Reuck in Berlin in 1996. It's a record she wanted to break for the longest time ... By ashfakmohamed | IOLsport
Ultra-distance star Gerda Steyn slashed more than a minute off the 25-year-old SA marathon record set by Colleen de Reuck in Berlin in 1996.
ShareCAPE TOWN - “This one was for all of us!” was Gerda Steyn’s reaction after setting a new South African women’s marathon record in Siena, Italy on Sunday.The 31-year-old ultra-distance star slashed more than a minute off the 25-year-old mark of two hours, 26 minutes and 35 seconds (2:26.35) – set by Colleen de Reuck in Berlin in 1996 – by stopping the clock on 2:25.28 at the Xiamen Marathon and Tuscany Elite Camp Global Elite Race.
ALSO READ: Gerda Steyn must update Twitter bio after breaking 25-year-old SA marathon recordShe finished in ninth position, with Kenya’s Angela Tanui taking the honours in an outstanding 2:20.08 – the fastest time in 2021, and the 40th quickest in history.
Steyn had more reason to celebrate as fellow South African Irvette van Zyl also produced a personal best to post an Olympic qualifying time of 2:28.40 in wet and windy conditions.“Thank you everyone for all your amazing support today!! Hard to express my appreciation to everyone involved but hopefully my results will be proof of that,” Steyn said on Twitter. headtopics.com
On Facebook, she added: “Happiness all round in Siena!! We ran and we fought and we DID IT!!! Worked really hard and just wanted it so badly after narrowly missing the record time last year.ALSO READ: Lucky number seven as Gerda Steyn thanks supporters after London Marathon
“There’s a lot that I still want to say about the entire experience but for now it’s time to celebrate PB’s with @irvette_van_zyl who also ran a huge PB of 2:28:40.“Thank you so much to each and everyone who was part of this!! My appreciation goes far beyond running 42.2km and also for everyone who believed in me!
“This one was for ALL OF US!!”Last year’s race that Steyn was referring to was the London Marathon, where she fell just short of De Reuck’s mark after finishing in 2:26.51.It was also a memorable Sunday for Van Zyl, who booked her ticket to Tokyo. “It’s all smiles for myself and Gerda after today’s run, and I could not be prouder today of being a South African,” she told the website of her Nedbank Running Club.
“After being so close to quitting the sport after the 2016 Rio Olympics, as well as recent operations, I don’t have words to describe right now, but there are so many people I am thankful for who made this all possible.” Read more: IOL News »
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