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It's no wonder that South Africans love long-distance challenges - the country's climate and contrasting landscape is ideal for endurance sport activities. Whether on land or in water, South Africans love testing their endurance ability and an ever- increasing number of people from overseas have discovered the fantastic events the country has to offer and are participating in them.
He might have run as if he would fall over exhausted at any moment - hence his nickname, meaning "Run-and-Fall" - but when Matthews Motshwarateu blew away the king of white middle-distance running at Coetzenburg stadium in 1978, the mostly Afrikaans crowd gave him a standing ovation, and a South African sporting legend was born.
Zola Budd became known to the athletics' world and beyond in the early eighties when, as a barefooted teenager, she produced one incredible record-breaking performance after another in women's middle distance running.
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