CGA pays tribute to athletics ace Frank Pooe
CENTRAL Gauteng Athletics has paid tribute to former South African marathon king Frank Pooe, describing him as a rare breed.
Pooe, who won the South African Marathon Championships twice in his career, died in Sebokeng last weekend after a short illness.
In 1999, Pooe made a name for himself globally after finishing third at the Boston Marathon in 2:11:37, with compatriot Abner Chipu coming fourth in 2:12:46.
He also finished third at the 1999 All Africa Games in Johannesburg.
Pooe worked as a casual worker for the City of Johannesburg in the department of sports after retiring from athletics.
CGA president James Moloi said they were devastated to learn of the death of Pooe, who has represented South Africa at various competitions.
"Frank ran for CGA for the better part of his athletics career. He used to win medals for us. Frank was a rare breed, doing well in everything event he participated in. May his soul rest in peace."
Road running icon Hendrick Ramaala has also sent his condolences to the family of Pooe. The funeral service will start at his home at house number 8412 Hlabirwa Street in Zone 7, Sebokeng.