The 32-year-old attained a career high at the international athletics marathon as he finished with a time of 5hr: 39 min: 36 sec. While compatriot and former three-time winner Stephen Muzhingi finished fourth, four minutes earlier, it is Khumalo’s performance that caught the eye.
“It’s a dream come true. Getting gold in the Comrades Marathon is special,” an elated Khumalo told The Zimbabwean.
“This achievement will make a big difference going forward. I want to get better and better each year and win it one day. Looking back, I have run from 5:50 to 5:43 and now running 5:39. I am getting closer.”
Prior to his credible finish at the Comrades, the Maxed Elite International athlete had won at almost every distance from 800m to ultr- marathon but had not been successful in the Comrades.
Manager Craig Fry, meanwhile, tipped Khumalo for a brighter future. “I am very proud and extremely happy for PK. I have no doubt that bigger and better things are on the way for him,” he said.
Meanwhile, compatriot Muzhingi, said he had not lost hope of winning again. “I wanted to win this one but I failed. However, I improved from last year. I must improve again to win,” he said.Post published in: Athletics