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Comrades Marathon legend from Zamdela, Sasolburg dies

Trailblazer Samuel Tshabalala, who was the first Black man to win the Comrades Marathon in 1989, has died at the age of 65.The Witness reports that Tshabalala reportedly collapsed at his home in Zamdela on Sunday and was pronounced dead on arrival at hospital. The Comrades Marathon Association’s spokesperson Delaine Cools, said Tshabalala’s historic victory went on to inspire Black runners for decades to come. Cools said in a tribute, many future winners have attributed their passion for running to Sam, especially when faced with the adversity of a horrific car accident in 1991 that left him in months of recovery, and extensive injuries. Undaunted, Sam returned to run the comrades in 1992. Throughout his Comrades career, Sam managed to attain 13 finishes, with one Gold and a staggering 12 Silver medals. Comrades Chairperson, Mqondisi Ngcobo said, Tshabalala is a Hero and Legend for what he did for ultra-running and a great South African heritage. Ngcobo said Sam showed us how to be courageous, great and at the same time humble and real.

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