Watch 2018 Comrades Marathon Champion Bongmusa Mthembu chat about his victory.
South Africa’s Bongmusa Mthembu on Sunday recorded his third Comrades Marathon victory, adding this year’s title to his 2014 and 2017 triumphs, as he finished the down run from Pietermaritzburg to Durban in a time of 5 hours, 26 minutes, and 35 seconds.
Mthembu became the first South African to win the Comrades back to back since Bruce Fordyce in the late 1980s, and the first back to back winner overall since 2011. Fordyce won the Comrades a record nine times, his final win in 1990.
For his efforts, Kwa-Zulu Natal’s Mthembu claimed a prize of R440,000 which would go to the women’s winner as well. Men and women have been paid the same prize money since 2001.