Stephen Muzhingi wins Comrade Marathon

Durban-Zimbabwe long distance running sensation Stephen Muzhingi has won the 2009 edition of the Comrades Marathon.

The veteran runner emerged from the race R220 000 richer after clocking in at 5:23:26 sec the second fastest time ever in the races 84 year history.

An elated Muzhingi (33), who could not hide his excitement told journalists This is the best moment of my life, I struggled earlier on the the race but thank God I made it.

Zimbabwean athletes were favoured to stamp their dominance in the 84th anniversary of the annual comrades marathon race.

Close to 13 000 athletes signed up for the 90km race, described by the organisers as the strongest field since the all-time record of 20 000 runners that was set in 2000.

Stephen Muzhingi, who came out third at last years race, already has four gold medals under his belt in the event, the last one coming at last years race, where he clocked 5 hours 39 minutes and 39 seconds.

The Comrades Marathon is run annually between the Kwazulu-Natal province -Pietermaritzburg, and the coastal city of Durban .

Dates for the race, traditionally held in June, were altered and brought forward to May, to make way for the FIFA 2009 soccer Confederations Cup and the 2010 World Cup, both to be played in South Africa beginning June.

Marco Mambo is also one of the Zimbabwean athletes who have dominated South African races since 2001, having been crowned champion of the 2004, 2005, and 2008 Two Oceans Marathon.

His countryman, Elijah Mutandiro also boasts an impressive record, with two victories in the Nedbank Soweto Marathon.

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