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Medshield Member Bong’musa Mthembu Going for Gold at World Championships

Posted in Medshield Lifestyle & Fitness   |   August 26th, 2019

Medshield is once again #BackingBongmusa as he prepares to lace up his running shoes and go for gold. Only this time, the stage is bigger and the glory greater. Along with 11 other professional runners, the three-time Comrades Marathon champion will be representing South Africa at the IAU 50km World Championships in Romania on 1 September 2019.

For many, Bong’musa’s selection to the national squad was a no-brainer, especially after he exhibited a very successful running campaign this year. The proud Medshield member won the Two Oceans Marathon in Cape Town in April and finished second in the Comrades up-run in Pietermaritzburg in June.

The IAU 50km World Championships marks the racing stalwarts debut in the shorter race. He previously dazzled audiences in the IAU 100km World Championships in Spain in 2016 and Croatia in 2018, where he finished in second and third place respectively.

True to form, Bong’musa has been training rigorously in preparation for his challenge. The city of Brasov in Romania, host city to the 2019 event, has served as his official training ground. This simple tactic has allowed his body to adapt to the different altitude and weather conditions ahead of time, ultimately improving his readiness levels and increasing his chances for success. .

“South African athletes have continuously proven their mettle by not only competing with the world’s best athletes, but also winning prestigious races and breaking records. We are extremely proud of our Medshield member, Mr Bong’musa Mthembu, who is a shining example of how health and fitness can enable one to achieve incredible human feats. Medshield wishes Bong’musa and Team South Africa the best of luck as they head off to Romania and carry with them the sporting pride of our nation. Bong’musa is more than a champion, he is an inspiration to all South African’s,” said Thoneshan Naidoo, Medshield Principal Officer.

With South Africa unable to secure a medal in the IAU 50km World Championships men’s race since Lucas Nonyana’s victory in 2009, Bong’musa along with his team mates are keenly focussed on the pursuit of gold. The six-member men’s team includes Bong’musa Mthembu, David Gatebe and Lungile Gongqa, who have all previously won the 56km Two Oceans race, along with current Comrades Marathon champion Edward Mothibi, Charles Tjiane and Joseph Manyedi.

The women’s team includes veteran Salome Cooper and Fikile Mbuthuma, who were both at the 100km World Champs in Croatia last year. Ntombisuntu Mfunzi, Yolande Maclean, Deanne Horn and Tanith Maxwell round out this fine selection of female athletes.

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