With Nolene Conrad taking 25th place at the IAAF World Half-Marathon Championships in Valencia on Saturday, she became the fourth South African athlete to join the prestigious Gold Label club.
Holding top-flight status, this quartet includes the most sought after road running athletes in the country. We take a look at who they are.
Having established his place as the country’s best distance runner in recent years, Mokoka is well respected on the international circuit. Holding the SA 10km record of 27:38, he possesses both strength and speed which make him a formidable prospect. He is also a four-time winner of the Shanghai Marathon, an IAAF Gold Label race
A three-time winner of the Hannover Marathon, April finished third at the prestigious New York Marathon in 2013. He has struggled to find consistency in recent years, but he cemented his place as one of the country’s top road runners by finishing 24th at the Rio Olympic marathon in 2016, retaining top-flight status in the build-up to the 2020 Tokyo Games
Having progressed gradually through the domestic ranks, Mokgobu has displayed real potential throughout his career and was the only South African to finish the men’s marathon races at the 2015 and 2017 World Championships. He enjoyed a real breakthrough by finishing 21st at the global championships last year, securing Gold Label status, and he went on to win the Beppu-Oita Marathon, a Silver Label race, in Japan last month
The only South African woman holding Gold Label status, Conrad elevated her career into a new sphere with her performance in Valencia. Making her intentions clear from the start, she fought hard all the way and crossed the line in 1:11:44 to smash her three-year-old personal best of 1:12:52, opening new doors for herself at the highest level