SA's Mokoka makes Shanghai Marathon history

Cape Town - Olympian Stephen Mokoka ran his way into the history books on Sunday.

According to Team SA website, the South African edged Kenya's Ernest Ngeno by three seconds to defend his title at the 18th edition of the Shanghai International Marathon in China.

Mokoka's success in a time of 2 hours 8 minutes 35 seconds saw him enter the record books for winning the title for the fourth time.

Until Sunday, Ethiopian Gashaw Asfaw had won the race three times consecutively in 2008, 2009, 2010.

Mokoka has never finished outside the top four in his six previous appearances in Shanghai.

Ngeno's fellow Kenyans Asbel Kipsang and Edwin Kangongo were third and fourth in 2:09.02 and 2:09.12 respectively with Ethiopian Wale Debas fifth in 2:09.40.