THERE is currently no stopping Lindikhaya Mthangayi.
The 40-year-old athlete from the Nedbank Athletic Club produced another exceptional performance at the Phoenix 10km Challenge at the campus of the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) on Saturday.
Mthangayi completed the fast and flat 10km in a blistering 29 minutes and 52 seconds. In the process he managed to beat Gert Thys’s veteran record (30:31) set up in Goodwood on 1 March 2014.
It was the first time that an athlete in the veteran category (40+) managed to run a 10km in under 30 seconds at a Western Province Athletics (WPA) event.
Mthangayi’s personal best time 28:24 is still the fastest 10km time for senior athletes in WPA set-up on 29 August 2009 in Stellenbosch.
Mthangayi is now not only the new record holder in the 10km for veteran-athletes in WPA, but he also smashed Thys’s half marathon (21.1km) record earlier this year at the Gun Run. He improved the record from 1:06:55 to 1:04:56.
And that is not all. The athlete from Mqanduli in the Eastern Cape beat Brian Mather’s marathon record at the Peninsula Marathon on 15 September 2019.
Mthangayi (2:18:06) eclipsed Mathers (2:21:37) set 39 years ago on 11 October 1980 in Faure.
“I worked very hard and I am very happy that I managed break the records,” said an elated Mthangayi.
Mthangayi’s coach, Pine Pienaar, says his athlete experienced an exceptional year. His goal was to rewrite the record books in the 10km, 21,1km and 42,2km for veteran athletes. He has now achieved this and will be rewarded for his efforts with a well-deserved rest.
Pienaar explains: “It was and absolutely brilliant year for Lindikhaya
“His training went very well. From now on he is going to take a break for six weeks where won’t be competing in any races. He will go back to basics by doing base training at altitude so that he can come back fresh in January to defend his title at the Bay to Bay 30km.”
“Our long-term goal is to do well at Two Oceans His aim is to finish in the top 10 at Two Oceans and go on to do Comrades. We have quite a long year that lies ahead. That is why he deserves a break now,” added Pienaar.