SA runners clean up in Oceans half

2012-04-07 07:38

Local runners dominated the Two Oceans half-marathon, with Xolisa Tyali and Rene Kalmer winning the men’s and women’s races in cold, wet conditions in Cape Town this morning.

Tyali broke clear in the approach to the finish, holding off Joel Mmone and Lucky Mohale to win a sprint finish in one hour, four minutes, 54 seconds (1:04.54).

Mmone was second in 1:05.01 and a fading Mohale took third place in 1:05.09, with eight SA men finishing among the top 10.

Kalmer, the only SA woman to have qualified for the marathon event at the London Olympic Games, won comfortably, smiling and waving to the crowd at the finish before the crossed the line in 1:15.02.

Her training partner, Irvette van Blerk, who will target the Olympic qualifier at the London Marathon later this month, finished second in 1:16.22.

Zimbabwean Rutendo Nyahora, third in 1:18.30, was the only foreign athlete among the top 10 women.

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