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Wöstmann makes Comrades history

- By Wits University

A Wits lecturer made South African history when she continued her phenomenal winning streak by being the first woman over the Comrades Marathon finish line on Sunday, 31 May 2015.

Caroline Wöstmann, a senior lecturer in the Wits School of Accountancy, finished the 90th Comrades Ultra-Marathon in 6 hours 12 minutes and 21 seconds on the extended 87.7 kilometre route.

She ran into the country’s history books as she became the first South African woman this millennium to win the Comrades Marathon from Durban to Pietermaritzburg.

After winning the Two Oceans 56km ultra-marathon in April, Wöstmann completed the rare double of winning both races in the same year.

The Wits Vice-Chancellor and Principal Professor Adam Habib, conveyed his well-wishes to Wöstmann. “Being the only person to hold the two Oceans and the Comrades in the same year, Wöstmann makes Wits proud. We envy her prowess. Congratulations!”

Sport24 reported that Wöstmann dedicated her win to a team-mate of hers who was recently diagnosed with cancer. “It’s an incredible feeling, it’s absolutely amazing. There was a bit of pressure. The Two Oceans was almost an accident, but the Comrades was the one that I wanted to win so, so badly.”

A mother of two, she is also a chartered accountant and teaches finance and management accounting at Wits where she trains the next generation of chartered accountants.