Vladimir is first Masters home!

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Date 05 April 2017
Author Liesel

Three times Comrades Marathon winner and former Olympian, Vladimir Kotov, who runs in Century City colours, was the first Masters runner home in this year's uphill race from Durban to Pietermaritzburg.

Placed 54 overall in a field of just under 20 000 runners, 53-year-old Kotov ran the grueling 86,96km race in 6 hour 24 minutes 24 seconds scooping a silver medal, his 12th medal in as many years.

A disappointed Kotov had hoped to take his eighth gold medal for the Comrades this year but was thwarted by a tummy bug and leg cramps.

"But I will be back again next year with that Gold Medal firmly in my sights" says Kotov who continues to be a dominant figure in SA athletics winning no less than seven gold medals at the various South African Championships in the past year. In fact he has won both the Masters and Veterans categories of all 30 races he has entered in the past year and in the process set nine new South African or Western Province Masters records and a new World Masters Record for 50km in the 2010 Two Oceans race which he ran in two hours, 58 minutes and 10 seconds.

Seconding Kotov on this year's run was Team Kotov comprising his wife Inna, Chris Blackshaw, CEO of the Century City Property Owners' Association (CCPOA) and his wife Jenny, Greg Deans, chairman of the CCPOA and a director of Rabie Property Group and his wife, Michelle and Bill Taylor, general manager of Ratanga Junction and his wife Alicia.