Gold Gerda gets bronze in Dubai


South Africa’s Gerda Steyn finished third in the Dubai Marathon’s 10 km race today.

The Bothaville native said on social media that she was very satisfied with her time of 33:27 min.

“Yes, I admittedly didn’t set the world on fire, but it’s better than I expected,” said Steyn.

The 33-year-old long-breather has been in action in the 10 km race of the desert city marathon since 2018 and she has already won it four times.

“I can’t think of a better way to kick off the new year than to take part in it again,” she said in the run-up to the race.

However, she admitted that a week or two of additional preparatory work would have made a definite difference.

“However, I didn’t want to miss the race at all because I’ve been doing it for quite a few years now. I am glad that I participated; it was a fun morning!”

In December, Steyn improved her own South African marathon record from 2:25:28 to 2:24:03 when she was the 11th female athlete to cross the finish line in Valencia, Spain.

The smiling athlete almost breaks the records for you: With her winning time of 5:44:54 in the 2023 version of the Comrades marathon, she not only showed heels for her other rivals, she also beat Frith van der Merwe’s improved record time on a trot.