Belarusian Maryna Damantsevich took a comfortable win in the 2017 Two Oceans Marathon, crossing the finish line in 3:37:13 on 14 April. The Two Oceans Marathon is a 56km ultramarathon held annually in Cape Town in South Africa and known globally as “the world’s most beautiful marathon”.
The Belarusian athlete had a “convincing lead by the half marathon mark” and finished her race with a 10-minute lead.
Maryna Damantsevich grasped the victory despite a mishap at the start when she had fallen behind.
“Someone bumped into me at the start and I fell a few times. I thought I was in second place, but couldn’t find the woman in front of me, so I ran faster to catch up,” Damantsevich explained via coach Anatoliy Bychkov.
For the victory in the ultramarathon the Belarusian received a money award of 250,000 South African rand (about $18,480).
The Two Oceans Marathon includes a 56km ultramarathon and 21km half-marathon. The races run against a backdrop of spectacular scenery through the Cape Peninsula.
Since its inaugural edition in 1970, the event has grown to the biggest half marathon in South Africa attended by some 16,000 participants. As for the 56km race, about 11, 000 athletes tackle the ultramarathon.