Stephen Mokoka Smashes world record on 50km debut

South Africa’s Stephen Mokoka broke the men’s 50km record in his first race at the distance.

The 37-year-old won the Nedbank Runified 50 km (31 miles) in Gqeberha in two hours 40 minutes 13 seconds, beating the time of 2:42:07 set by Ethiopian Ketema Negasa last year.

Mokoka competed in the 2012 and 2020 Olympics in the marathon and the 2016 Olympics in the 10,000m.

World Athletics added the 50km distance to the list of events for which world records will be recognized in July.

Amelework Fikadu Bosho of Ethiopia dominated the women’s race, winning in 3:04:58, almost four minutes off second place but 34 seconds off the world record.

Meanwhile, two-time Olympic marathon champion Eliud Kipchoge won his debut Tokyo Marathon in 2:02:40, while Kenyan world record holder Brigid Kosgei won the women’s race in 2:16:02.