Monday, May 30, 2011

Wardian, Semick Score at 2011 Comrades Marathon

Michael Wardian posted his best finish ever at the 2011 Comrades Marathon, finishing 11th overall (1st American) in 5:52:51 for the hilly 87km race. Although he was disappointed to miss "gold" (top 10 finish), he was happy with his time. You can see a video of Wardian at various parts of the course at MySports starting on May 31st.

Kami Semick, also running her 2nd Comrades, won "gold" with her 3rd place finish in 6:26:25 just behind the Nurgalieva twins that have dominated this race the past few years (her video). Ultrarunner Ellie Greenwood finished 4th in 6:32:47.

The 2011 Comrades Marathon was won by Stephen Muzhingi (5:32:46), who finished a hat trick of three consecutive wins. Olena Nurgalieva also repeated (6:24:11), just 14 seconds ahead of her twin sister, Olesya, just like last year (and 8 of the 9 last Comrades). Their spirits were high, despite the fact that thieves robbed all of the winners while they ran (a countrywide manhunt is currently in progress).

(The twins win again)
 Shout out to Ian Sharman (56th, 6:25:31) and Jon Kroll (7:41:24), who both had great finishes. Know somebody else you ran? Check results and videos here.

Congrats, you guys!



  1. Amy Sproston did good.
    Great report! Not sure who to root for - the twins or Kami:)


  2. Thanks for this report :)
    I just can dream of this times - I'm a beginner, so my times are as far away from this times as germany from the us... ahm, whatever :D
    Anyway, very interesting report and congrats to the runners :)


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