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Comrades Marathon comes to an end

Close to 22,000 runners started the race in the hope of reaching Durban by the cut-off 12 hours.

The final cut-off gun has been fired, signalling an end to this year's Comrades Marathon race. Picture: Rafiq Wagiet/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The final cut-off gun was fired signalling the end of the 2016 Comrades Marathon.

Close to 22,000 runners started the race at 5:30 this morning in Pietermaritzburg, in the hope of reaching Durban by the cut-off 12 hours later.

There were dramatic scenes as the final cut-off gun was fired at 5:30pm, as many runners failed to complete the race.

As an MC counted down the remaining seconds of the race over the loudspeaker, some runners really gave it their all.

A few made it with literally seconds to spare, while others were left devastated as they arrived at the finish line only a few seconds too late and missed out on a medal.

Organisers and most runners say they're can't wait for next year's race which will be the 92nd edition.



South African runner David Gatebe made history today when he beat all the other runners coming in at a record-breaking time of 5 hours 18 minutes and 19 seconds.

Also South African, Chane Bosman won the women's side in 6 hours and 25 minutes, 55 seconds.

Meanwhile, people were cheering on the runners from their couches at home and from the sidelines: