Ethiopia’s Sinyayethu Legese Yinesu has won the 25th Soweto Marathon men’s race while South Africa’s Irvette van Zyl has won the women’s race.

Meanwhile, Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba says Sunday is a special day for the city as at least 30000 people from all over the world have been taking part in the 25th Soweto Marathon.

President Cyril Ramaphosa and Gauteng Premier David Makhura participated in the race by embarking on a five kilometre walk.

Mashaba says the City of Johannesburg is proud to host such an important event.

“Wonderful happening on the same day as the New York Marathon, obviously to participate in such an event, you’ve got to practise. I’m a sports fanatic all my life but it’s coming again next year. I was talking to the organisers earlier on. Next year, let’s try and take this to 50000 people, so that we can compete with the New York Marathon,” says Mashaba.
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