Lebenya Nkoka and ‘Mamoroallo Tjoka won the male and female categories of the High Altitude Summer Marathon in Mokhotlong yesterday.
Nkoka beat Sekeke Lesole and Lehlohonolo Raletebele into second and third place, with the three runners pocketing M100 000, M60 000 and M30 000, respectively.
On the other hand Tjoka, who also took home M100 000, outpaced compatriot Makampong Letsie and Helen Keephocking from Kenya, who came second and third respectively, and claimed M60 000 and M40 000.
Nkoka, who won the Two Oceans Marathon in Cape Town, South Africa in April this year and pocketed M100 000 in the process, yesterday told the Sunday Express that he was very happy with his performance this year.
“I am very happy with my performance this year, and finally reaping the rewards of the hard work that I put into my preparations for these big races. Last year, I was second behind Mabuthile Lebopo and I am so glad that I finally won the High Altitude race,” said the ecstatic Nkoka.
Thabiso Moqhali, speaking on behalf of the race’s organisers, hailed yesterday’s event as a resounding success.
“This is the biggest race in the country and the fact that it was dominated by Basotho this year’s shows that local athletes were very determined to reclaim their dominance of Lesotho and South African marathons,” Moqhali said.
“Everything went according to plan and it is also a good feeling to see our local athletes doing well in these big competitions.”