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Kura Mazongo became an Ironman after completing the gruelling 14-hour sporting event; he showed up to work the next day sporting his medal proudly.


Gqeberha, South Africa (29 November 2021) – Pump attendant Kura Mazongo smiles as he offers customers efficient service on the forecourt of Engen Mount Pleasant in Gqeberha.

Behind the humble Zimbabwean’s friendly demeanour lies a steely determination that has seen him conquer some of the most gruelling endurance events in sport.

He has earned four Comrades Marathon medals and two Two Oceans Marathon medals to date. On Sunday, 21 November 2021, Kura took it up a notch.

After 14-gruelling hours swimming 3.8 km, cycling 180 km, and running a full marathon, Kura can now claim the Ironman title.

Back at work the next day at Engen Mount Pleasant, Kura is still smiling while looking after customers filling up their tanks and cleaning windshields – with his Ironman medal on display proudly around his neck.

“When I crossed that finish line, I felt humbled and privileged to compete at such a prestigious event,” says Kura.

“It was such an amazing experience, I could not have done it without the support of my family, my employers at Engen Mount Pleasant, the Gqeberha community, and the people behind Ironman.”

Engen Mount Pleasant owner Julius Jeppe says Kura is extremely dedicated to his chosen sport.

“We are very proud of Kura’s achievements,” says Jeppe.

“He is renowned for his commitment and passion for endurance sport.”

Athletics runs in Kura’s blood, having clocked a pacy 10.35 seconds for the 100 metres as a schoolboy.

“I was immediately hooked, and I’ve run ever since and competed in several marathons,” says Kura.

Kura worked double shifts and overtime to save R7,000 to buy an entry-level racing bicycle, but his dream was almost derailed when his bicycle was stolen back in June.

“When my bike was stolen, I was so disappointed as I thought I was out of the race.

“But thanks to the support of my family and the local Ironman community, I managed to borrow a mountain bike in August and then Ironman SA lent me a bike just before the competition.”

As anyone who has completed ultra-endurance events will tell you, it takes loads of commitment and courage to attain and sustain the appropriate level of fitness to compete.

Employed at Engen Mount Pleasant for the past ten years, Kura balances his work responsibilities with a strict training schedule.

In preparation for his Ironman debut, he followed his normal running schedule and added long hours on the bike and three pool sessions a week at a local gym.

“Competing in the Ironman is not an easy thing and I had to overcome so many challenges.

“But I finished the race and next year I will do even better, because I believe I can, and I want to show everyone that their belief in me is not wasted,” adds Kura.

Jeppe encourages Kura to follow his dreams and to stay passionate about his sport.

“We wish Kura every success for next year’s Ironman and the 2022 Comrades Marathon.”

Photo Credit: Supplied

Sources: Engen Supplied (Samantha Walt)
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