Participants

Tsepo MATHIBELLE

Tsepo MATHIBELLE
    Athletics
Birth Date:  30 Jun 1991
Place of Birth:  MASERU CENTRAL
Country of birth:  LES
Age:  26
Gender:   Men

Weight (Kg):  0

Events and Medals


Sport Event Rank
ATH Athletics Men's Marathon DNF

Tsepo MATHIBELLE - Schedule


Schedule
Time Event Status
Sun, 15 Apr 8:15
Gold Medal Event Men's Marathon Final
Finished

Legend

DNF: Did not finish

Biographical Information


Additional information

RUNNING THE DREAM
Coming into the World Championships 2015 Beijing, had personal bests of 14:30, 31:03, and 2:16.21, which if he were American would make him a decent collegiate runner who had managed to qualify for the Olympic marathon trials but had no shot of making the Olympics. MATHIBELLE was having the run of his life in Beijing and at 25k was one of 21 guys still in the lead pack. Then before 30k, he did the unthinkable. He not only took the lead, but he extended it, running away from the world’s best. At 30k, he led by 13 seconds and would extend the lead to more than 25 seconds. Eventually, the world’s best had to make a concerted effort to catch him and when they did it wasn’t pretty for anyone. MATHIBELLE had troubles of his own, having to stop as he got his water bottle just before 35k. He still led by 10 seconds at 35k (21.7 miles), but would fade badly over the final 7k and end up 14th. But in a sport that doesn’t have a ton of surprises, he not only surprised me, but he reminded me of that dream we all have when we start this sport. We dream of taking on the world’s best and holding our own. And while we dream of winning, ultimately, all we can do is our best and Mathibelle was aware of that even as he was beating the world’s stars. (letsrun.com, 31 Dec 2015)



Legend

Gold: Gold
Silver: Silver
Bronze: Bronze
Gold Medal Event: Gold Medal Event
Bronze Medal Event: Bronze Medal Event

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