Ga-Segopje, Polokwane – After being crowned 2012 Comrades Marathon champion, Ludwick Mamablolo on Tuesday celebrated his victory at his home village Ga-Segopje.
The celebration started at 1pm and ended at around 6pm on the 5th of June 2012. Mamabolo finished second in the marathon in 2010 and won this year’s race to end foreign dominance of the Comrades Marathon.
The last South African man to win the Comrades was Sipho Ngubane in 2005. ”It pained me a lot in the past seven years to see foreign athletes dominating Comrades marathon in our country,” said Ludwick Mamabolo.
He spoiled Zimbabwean Stephen Muzwingi’s plan for a fourth consecutive victory. Among special quests were Dipuo Letsatsi-Duba MEC of Sports, Arts and Culture in Limpopo, Phosho Mamabolo, the queen of Bjatladi Traditional Authority and Caphius Mathiba, spokesperson of Polokwane Municipality. Letsatsi-Duba encouraged young people to participate in sports and stay away from alcohol and drugs. ”I am very excited to celebrate with Ludwick, he really is an inspirational to the youth of South Africa. As the department of sports, arts and culture we want to build a strong relationship with Ludwick so that he could identify up-coming athletes in our province. The province has produced athletes like Caster Semenya, Hendrick Ramala and Mbulaeni Mulaudzi, we still want to develop future champions,” said smilling Letsatsi Duba.
Prior to the race, Ludwick had taken three months unpaid leave in order to prepare for Comrades marathon. He thanked everyone who came to celebrate his victory with him and promised to defend his title at next year’s event.