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Mamabolo secures victory at Comrades

South African Ludwick Mamabolo walked away with the top honours for the 89 kilometre run.

South African Ludwick Mamabolo was the men’s winner at the the 89 kilometre Comrades race on 3 June 2012. Picture: Lena Faber/Twitter

DURBAN - The men's winner at the world's most grueling marathon, the Comrades, has crossed the finish line.

South African Ludwick Mamabolo walked away with the top honours for the 89 kilometre run at Durban’s Sahara Kingsmead Stadium.

The 35-year-old accountant, who finished second place in 2010, took the lead after four hours of running and crossed the finishing line in five hours, 31 minutes.

The last time a South African took victory was in 2003, when Sipho Ngomane claimed victory.

Meanwhile, Russian Elena Nurgalieva won the women’s race in just over six hours.

It was her seventh Comrades race, all of which she earned top-five finishes.