Blast from the past: Hosea Tjale keeps on truckin’
Today in sports history: April 5
1980 — Hosea Tjale, a truck driver who had taken up running seriously just three years earlier, wins the 56km Two Oceans ultra-marathon, which attracts a record field of 1,500. Tjale clocks 3hrs 14min 30sec to post the second-best time in the history of the race at that stage. Tjale, who shook off defending champion Vincent Rakabaele when he surged up Chapman’s Peak, was nearly knocked down by cars twice on the route. Two weeks earlier he had won the interprovincial marathon championships.