Two Oceans Marathon 2014 Results: Men and Women's Top Finishers

Alex KayCorrespondent IApril 19, 2014

South Africa's Hendrick Ramaala crosses the finish line in third place in the men's division in the New York City Marathon in New York, Sunday, Nov. 4, 2007. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
Kathy Willens

The 2014 Two Oceans Ultra Marathon has concluded, with Lebenya Nkoko winning the men’s race in a blazing time of three hours, nine minutes and 52 seconds and Nina Podnebesnova claiming the women’s title by completing the Cape Town course with a time of 3:40:07.

2014 Two Oceans Marathon Results
PlaceName (Country)Time
1Lebenya Nkoka (LES) 3:09:52
2Hendrick Ramaala (RSA)3:11:33
3Masilo Matjiane (LES)3:12:00
4Warinyane Lebopo (LES)3:12:24
5Ketema Tadesse (ETH)3:12:35
6Michael Mazibuko (RSA)3:13:05
7Arnold Kibet Kiptaoi (KEN)3:14:06
8Henry Moyo (MAL)3:15:37
9Mthandazo Qhina (RSA)3:16:07
10Othaniel Phahlane (RSA)3:16:21
1Nina Podnebesnova (RUS)3:40:07
2Shitaye Gemechu Debellu (ETH)3:43:37
3Elena Nurgalieva (RUS)3:43:59
4Mamorallo Tjoka (LES)3:46:13
5Paulina Njeya (RSA)3:50:48
6Olesya Nurgalieva (RUS)3:51:46
7Chelitu Bogale Asefa (ETH)3:56:58
8Ntombesintu Mfunzi (RSA)4:00:52
9Alemtsehay Hailu Kakissa (ETH)4:03:56
10Samukeliso Moyo (ZIM)4:07:32

It was a thrilling event from start to finish, as a number of competitors were in the running as the finish line neared. Hendrick Ramaala, a hometown hero, narrowly missed his shot at a championship with a time of 3:11:33, while Masilo Matijane rounded out the podium with a respectable 3:12:00 finish.

Shitaye Gemechu Debellu did her best to push into the lead but ultimately wound up a few minutes short with a time of 3:43:37. Elena Nurgalieva was the third-placed woman with a time of 3:43:59, mere seconds away from a runner-up performance.

Last year’s men’s winner, David Gatebe, was not able to come through and claim a second straight title. The South African native wasn’t able to crack the top-10, even though he claimed he has been training hard to win. He told the staff of before the race:

"Everything I've done in training has been focussed on this. I'm going to run my own race, be patient and try to win again.”

Donnette Fry tweeted out a photo from near the area that Getebe made his surge to the front at last year:

His shortcomings show just how difficult it is to not only win the race but also finish near the top in consecutive years. However, Mamorallo Tjoka has consistently garnered respectable finishes, but has yet to claim a maiden victory in the Two Oceans Ultra Marathon.

Tjoka finished fourth with a time of 3:46:13 and just missed out on her goal of breaking the ribbon this year. She spoke with the staff of about her improved conditioning prior to the race:

I think my condition is much better than previous years. I've fixed a lot of problems that I've experienced in previous runs, and if the weather is good, I think I'll have a good performance.

2014 marked the fourth time in as many years that Tjoka nabbed a top-four finish, but a title in South Africa is still eluding her.

While there were a number of stellar showings on Saturday, no one was able to break the record times that are now over 25 years old. There was a cash bonus for topping Thompson Magawana’s men’s record time of 3:03:44, set in 1988, and Frith van der Merwe’s 3:30:36 that was clocked in 1989, but no athlete was able to reach anything close to those figures.

It’ll be interesting to see how these runners do for the rest of their seasons and if success in the South Africa ultramarathon brings them more good fortune in 2014.