South African Comrades Marathon winner, Gerda Steyn, finished the New York City marathon in a time of 2:27:48, just inside the Olympic qualifying time of 2:29:30 on Sunday, 3 November 2019.
The record-breaking runner made history at the Comrades Marathon earlier this year after she became the first woman to finish the race in under six hours in June.
Today, Steyn continued to make history in her career as she beat her personal best by four minutes. Last year she completed the New York Marathon in a time of 2:31:04, but Steyn was determined to better her time and qualify for the Olympics for the very first time.
The South African athlete has been hard at work preparing for the race in the Big Apple and her grit and determination to represent her country certainly paid off when she crossed over the finish line in record time.
Hello New York City!!!! ????♀️
What a feeling to be back running around Central Park!
I want to invite all my fellow Saffas to join me for a leg loosener on Friday 1November at 10:00am. We will start from… https://t.co/JBjTukMXjU
— Gerda Steyn (@gerdarun) October 30, 2019
— Gerda Steyn (@gerdarun) October 27, 2019
The 2019 Momentum gsport Awards Athlete of the Year finalist will be setting her sights on preparing for next year’s big event in Tokyo where she will be looking to continue breaking boundaries.
Photo 1 Caption: South African elite runner, Gerda Steyn pictured at the New York City marathon on Sunday, 3 November 2019, where she crossed the finish line in a time of 2:27:48 to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Photo: @bruce_marais on Twitter