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Wed Apr 23 16:38:53 SAST 2014

Comrades champ took leave to train

RAMATSIYI MOHOLOA | 04 June, 2012 07:020 Comments
2012 Comrades Marathon
Ludwick Mamabolo celebrates winning the Comrades Marathon on June 03, 2012 in South Africa

COMRADES champion Ludwick Mamabolo took three months' unpaid leave from his job to train for the race.

"I could not believe it when Ludwick told me he had taken three months' unpaid leave to come to Limpopo to train for the marathon," said his uncle Jerry Ramohlale.

Mamabolo, 35, works in the loans division of Absa Bank and is studying to be an accountant.

The Mamabolo family home in Turfloop, near Polokwane, was crammed with family, friends and neighbours yesterday, celebrating the victory.

The runner's father, Jerry Mamabolo, said a "big party" was being planned for Ludwick's return.

Mamabolo was born in Segopye village on April 14, 1977. At school he played football, was an athlete and sang in the choir. But he chose to concentrate on athletics because his father could not afford to pay for all three activities.

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