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Wesley Botton
Chief sports writer
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5 Oct 2014
12:00 am

Mokoka breaks SA drought in Glasgow

Wesley Botton

Stephen Mokoka became the first South African athlete in 13 years to win the Great Scottish Run half-marathon in Glasgow on Sunday.

FILE PICTURE: Stephen Mokoka wins the Old Mutual Two Oceans Men's Half Marathon during the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon on March 30, 2013 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by Peter Heeger/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

Mokoka, the national 21km champion, secured victory in 1:01:25, finishing seven seconds clear of Kenyan Stephen Chemlany.

African 5 000m champion Mark Kiptoo took third place in 1:01:34, while Ethiopian star Haile Gebrselassie, the defending champion, dropped out in the early stages.

Abner Chipu is the only other South African to have won the annual race, after bagging the men’s title in 2001.

Two-time world marathon champion Edna Kiplagat of Kenya secured the women’s crown at the weekend in 1:07:57.