Albert Korir loses Cape Town marathon to home runner Mokoka

2017 Vienna marathon champion Albert Korir lost the Cape Town marathon title to home runner Stephen Mokoka ran today in South Africa in a course record.

As Helalia Johannes won the woemn’s race with a course record beating Isabella Ochichi’s record.

The race which is the only IAAF Golden Label race in Africa was a blessing to Mokoka who faced a stiff competition from Kenyan runners led by former Kass International marathon champion Korir who finiahed second, Philemon Kacheran and Kipsang Kipkemoi who fished third and fourth respectively.

Experienced Mokoka at 34 beat Korir to a course record of 2:08.31 taking off 10 seconds from the previous record of Asefa Negewu that he set in 2016.

Korir who came with a personal best of 2:08.08 following his exploits at Lake Biwa Marathon finished second timing 2:09.02 with Philemon Kacherian who was debuting closed the podium first three finishes in 2:09.13

Kipsang Kipkemoi and Nicholas Rotich both from Kenya came in fourth and fifth in 2:09.21 and 2:12.39 respectively..

Mokoka’s win is the first South African to win the race since 2010 as he not only won his first marathon on South African soil.

Namibia’s Johannes went one better than in 2017 as she came home for the win in a course record time of 2:29.28 – some 52 seconds inside the previous course record of 2:30.20 set by Isabella Ochichi of Kenya in 2015.

Johannes defeated Tanzania’s Failuna Matanga who crossed the line in exactly 2:30:00, also inside the previous record with Ethiopia’s Urge Sokoka Diro rounding out the podium (2:30.31).

Leading results


  1. Stephen Mokoka (SA)-2:08.08
  2. Albert Korir (KEN) 2:0902
  3. Philemon Kacherian (KEN)-2:09.12


  1. Helalia Johannes (NAM)-2:29.27
  2. Failuna Matanga (TAZ)-2:30.00
  3. Urge Sokoa Diro (ETH) 2:30.30
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