Middle distance runner Namankoe Nkhasi is on cloud nine after setting a new record at the Two Oceans half Marathon in Cape Town, South Africa on his way to winning the M25 000 first prize.
Nkhasi clocked 01: 03: 15 to win the male category of the race.
His countryman Khoarahlane Seutloali finished in second place.
This was the second successive triumph for Nkhasi who won the 2016 edition.
He is also the reigning champion of the 21 km Soweto Marathon.
“It was a good moment and I’m very happy with my performance,” Nkhasi said, adding, he had no “secret going into competitions and it is all about hard work and determination.”
The 24 year-old runner, who represented Lesotho at the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil, expressed his desire to represent the country at this year’s World Championships in London.
“I would love to represent the country in those games but unfortunately nothing is clear to me as to what will happen going forward,” the runner said.
“I’m just proud of my achievements and looking forward to more competitions as the year progresses,” he said.
In the main 56km race which carries M200 000 first prize, Warinyane Lebopo was unlucky to lose out to South African Lungile Gongqa.
Lebopo clocked 03:10:21to finish second behind Gongqa who clocked 03:09:43.
Another Lesotho athlete Teboho Sello finished third.