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Kotov first Masters home in 2012 Comrades
Three times Comrades winner, former Olympian and Century City’s brand ambassador, Vladimir Kotov, was the first Masters runner home and the 21st runner overall in the 2012 Comrades Marathon which he completed in a time of 5 hours 48 minutes and 12 seconds.
This downhill run was the thirteenth Comrades Marathon undertaken by the 53-year-old athlete, who has won seven gold medals in this ultra-Marathon. The three times he won - 2000, 2002 and 2004 - were all uphill races. He has come third on two occasions and in fourth position once and other than last year when he thwarted by a tummy bug and leg cramps, he has always completed the race in under six hours.
Belarus born Kotov, who settled in South Africa in 2001, was also the first Masters home in this year’s Two Oceans Marathon which he says he used as a practice run for the Comrades.
Kotov, who is a founder member of the Century City Athletic Club, lives in Atlantic Beach and has a sports shop in the Ratanga Golf Centre at Century City.