Coolboy Ngamole

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Coolboy Ngamole
Coolboy Ngamole (South Africa) - London 2012 Mens Marathon.jpg
Coolboy Ngamole in the marathon at the 2012 Olympics in London
Personal information
Born (1977-06-21) June 21, 1977 (age 37)
Height 1.67 m (5 ft 5 12 in)
Weight 58 kg (128 lb)
Country  South Africa
Sport Athletics
Event(s) Marathon

Coolboy Ngamole (born 21 June 1977)[1] is a South African long-distance runner who specialises in the marathon. He competes for the Nedbank Running Club.[2]


Ngamole finished in tenth position in the men's 10,000 metres at the Athletics at the 2007 All-Africa Games in Algiers, Algeria.[3] He finished third in the 2008 South Africa Marathon Championships in a then personal best time of two hours, fifteen minutes and eight seconds.[2] At the 2009 World Championships in Athletics held in Berlin, Germany, Ngamole competed in the men's marathon; he finished 22nd in a season's best time of two hours, 16 minutes and 20 seconds in a race won by Abel Kirui of Kenya.[1][4]

Ngamole won the South African Marathon Championships in 2010 and was runner-up in 2011.[5] He competed in the men's marathon at the 2011 World Championships held in daegu, South Korea, finishing in 46th position in a time of two hours thirty minutes and one second.[1][6]

At the 2012 South African Marathon Championships Ngamole won the race with a time of two hours, 13 minutes and 18 seconds, beating second placed Michael Mazibuko by nearly two minutes, to reclaim the title.[5][7] This was the second occasion he had finished inside the Olympic 'A' qualification standard for the 2012 Summer Olympics, having run a new personal best of two hours, ten minutes and 43 seconds at a race in Valencia, Spain in November 2011.[5][8]

In July 2012 Ngamole was selected to represent South Africa at the 2012 Summer Olympics in the men's marathon, where he competed alongside compatriots Lusapho April and Stephen Mokoka.[9] The event took place on 12 August over the London Olympic street course.[10]


  1. ^ a b c "Athletes - Ngamole, Coolboy biography". International Association of Athletics Federations. Retrieved 17 July 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Curriculum Vitae: Coolboy Ngamole". Nedbank Running Club. Retrieved 17 July 2012. 
  3. ^ "2007 All-Africa Games, July 18-22, Algiers". Africathle. Retrieved 17 July 2012. 
  4. ^ "Marathon - M Final". IAAF. Archived from the original on 8 September 2009. Retrieved 17 July 2012. 
  5. ^ a b c "Ngamole states case for Olympic team". SuperSport. 5 February 2012. Retrieved 17 July 2012. 
  6. ^ "Marathon - M Final". IAAF. Retrieved 17 July 2012. 
  7. ^ "Ngamole Reclaims SA Marathon Title". Athletics South Africa. 6 February 2012. Retrieved 17 July 2012. 
  8. ^ Sports Staff and Sapa (6 February 2012). "Olympics beckon for Ngamole". The Sowetan. Retrieved 17 July 2012. 
  9. ^ McCallum, Kevin (5 July 2012). "Lucky 13 for ecstatic Oscar". IOL Sport. Retrieved 17 July 2012. 
  10. ^ "Men's Marathon". Official site of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Retrieved 17 July 2012.