Thursday, August 15, 2019

Mongolia: Free State man picks up silver medal in 'world's toughest horse race' - Full Article

15 August 2019 - 07:00

South African Wiesman Nel, 40, came a remarkable second in the the 11th Mongol Derby, the competitors of which started finishing the 1,000km race on Wednesday.

There were 42 riders in the Mongol Derby endurance race this year, which is described as the world's longest and toughest horse race. They came from all over the world, including four from South Africa.

Nel, from Moolmanshoek private game reserve in the Free State, finished less than two hours behind the winner, American Robert Long.

Nel described the race, which began last Wednesday, as a great experience but said it was not easy, calling it "hardcore".

"You need to be fit for this. It's not for the faint-hearted. But what a great experience. Just to be out there and experience the hospitality of the Mongolians and their horses, their culture and the steppes has been a really great experience for me," he said...

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