AMERICAN CAMILLE HERRON WINS HER FIRST COMRADES
By: Samukelisiwe Nzimande
American athlete Camille Herron overcame a brief moment of confusion at the end to claim her maiden Comrades title.
The runner from the Nedbank Running Club International took the title from former champion Caroline Wostmann who could not defend her title due to injury.
Herron dominated the race from start to finish with a four-minute gap between herself and the second lady even after the many stops she took along the way.
With less than 200 m to go, Herron had some viewers panicking when she stopped on the timing mat as she believed that she had won. With the help of another athlete that came up behind her and told her to keep going, she finished the race with the time of 6:27:35.
“I needed to come back to Comrades and this was my year to do that,” Herron said.
This comes after her other two attempts at the Comrades were hashed because of injury and illness.
“I fought with all my heart and I am very grateful for this win,”she added.
Russian athlete Alexandra Morozova pushed hard in the second half to grab the runner-up spot in 6:31:45.
Russian runner-up had received approval to run the race despite Russia’s ban from International sporting events.
Last year’s down-run winner Charne Bosman struggled with a groin injury but held on to finish third in 6:39:51, as the first South African woman home.
“I am very happy with my performance. This morning, I didn’t have the legs, I almost pulled out 20kms into the race and I just decided I need to keep going,” Bosman said.
She thanked the supporters saying, “I wanted to pull out but I just heard my name and the support is just amazing. I couldn’t finish this day without the supporters,” Bosman added.
Caption: Camille Herron receives her first place trophy as she crosses the finish line.