Fanie Matshipa should not be too hard on himself for not winning the Comrades Marathon on Sunday because his time will undoubtedly come in the in the next few years, coach John Hamlett has predicted.
The 33-year-old ended the 86th edition of the race from Durban to Pietermaritzburg in a credible second place, crossing the line as the first South African in a time of 5:34.29 – just under two minutes behind winner Stephen Muzhingi from Zimbabwe.
Matshipa, a miner from Limpopo, was taking part in the race for just the fourth time in his career. His previous three appearances saw him finish in 18th in 2006 and fourth last year, while in 2008 he failed to finish.
"I think he had a great race, but the best man won to be honest," Hamlett said.