Nkhabutlane Out To Defend Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon Title
(Cape Town, 18 March 2016) With the clock winding down to the 2016 Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon on 26 March, so the title contenders start to reveal themselves. Defending Champion Motlokoa Nkhabutlane is back again to defend his title.
In 2015 he was involved in an epic battle with two-time World 50km Champion Collen Makaza and was only able to break away in the final 8km to secure victory in 3:10.28.
Running in the colours of Nedbank this year, Nkhabutlane will have some strong support from the club with Mthandazo Qhina, Mohamed Teman Hussein and Moses Kurgat amongst those he will count on to defend that title.
The 31 year-old Lesotho Athlete has had mixed fortunes at the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon, finishing second on debut in 2011 with his best time to date – 3:08.49. A DNF in 2012 was followed by 5th in 2013 (3:11.00) and 49th in 2014 (3;36.13) before claiming the title in 2015.
Nkhabutlane has the speed to defend his title after his 1:06.29 half marathon win at the Pietermarizburg Marathon on 28 February. How he tackles race day will be telling though. He ascribed his win in 2015 to the teamwork of his fellow Lesotho Athletes.
“I couldn’t have done it without my Lesotho teammates... we train together and during a race we work well, talking to one another to see which one is stronger, which one is struggling to encourage each other.” Yet this time he will be running in the green of Nedbank and not the red and white of the Maxed Elite team who will be fielding a strong team from Lesotho again.
Former champion Mabuthile Lebopo and brother Warinyane Lebopo are back. As are Tebogo Sello and Moeketsi Mosuhli. Both regular podium finishers.
Also coming to challenge Nkhabutlane is last years’ runner up, Collen Makaza, a two-time World 50km Champion and two-time winner of the Legends Ultra in the Eastern Cape.
So whilst Nkhabutlane has all the ingredients to win again on 26 March, he will have his work cut out for him and will not necessarily be able to rely on his country men to help him out this time.
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