Russian winner Leonid Shvetsov has won the 2008 Comrades Marathon, setting a new record for the ultra marathon.
After crossing the finish line he raised his arms once in joy and then fell to the ground in what appeared to be a mixture of exhaustion, relief and happiness.
He arrived at the Pietermaritzburg Oval shortly before 11:00.
Shvetsov was the favourite to win the race and not only won first place, but set up a new record, breaking the previous record of 5:25:33 set in 2000.
Sheets ran ahead of the pack for the last 30km.
His final time had not yet been confirmed by officials.