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Vincent Rakabaele

Full name: Gabashane Vincent Rakabaele
Gender: Male
Height: 5-4 (163 cm)
Weight: 119 lbs (54 kg)
Born: September 3, 1948
Died: November 2, 2003
Country: LES Lesotho
Sport: Athletics


Arguably the finest runner to ever come from Lesotho, Vincent Rakabaele first came to prominence in ultra-marathon events. He was the first black runner to win the 56 km Two Oceans Marathon in Capetown, South Africa and competed with distinction in South Africa's other classic long distance race, the 90 km Comrades Marathon.

Most of Rakabaele's running was done in South Africa and he won the South Africa Marathon on three occasions (1976, 1979 and 1982). His best time of 2-11:44, set at the Inter-Provincial Marathon at Port Elizabeth in 1982, ranked him amongst the world's top twenty for the year. He twice represented Lesotho in the Olympic marathon with a best performance of 36th in Moscow. Although his death was not reported until much later he is believed to have died in 2003.

Personal Best: Mar – 2-11:44 (1982).


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1980 Summer 31 Moskva Athletics Men's Marathon Lesotho LES 36
1984 Summer 35 Los Angeles Athletics Men's Marathon Lesotho LES 61

Men's Marathon

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1980 Summer 31 Moskva Athletics Lesotho Final Standings 36 2-23:29
1984 Summer 35 Los Angeles Athletics Lesotho Final Standings 61 2-32:15
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