Another giant leap forward for marathon running as Kenyans shine

2011-11-03 00:00

THE Frankfurt Marathon on Sunday took marathon running another giant leap forward when Kenyan Wilson Kipsang was a mere four seconds off Patrick Makau’s one-month-old world record set in Berlin, running 2:03:42.

The top 14 men broke 2:10:00, the highest number ever to do so in one race, 19 broke 2:11 and 22 broke 2:12. Eight of the top 10 men set personal best times and with this result a total of 123 runners have gone under 2:10 this year.

The women’s race was also excellent. Mamitu Daska set a course record and personal best of 2:21:59, pulling eleven other women under the two-and-a-half hour mark.

This Sunday will see another top class field in action at the New York Marathon and these stats will undoubtedly increase further.

Nationally René Kalmer looks to be on track for a new best in the Yokohama Marathon in two weeks time. The Nedbank athlete clocked a personal best time of 51:50 to complete the Sportsman’s Warehouse 15 km, finishing in fourth place overall.

Kalmer’s times suggest she is capable of reaching the two-hour 30 minute barrier in Yokohama.

The Soweto Marathon and 10 km, which is the largest marathon in South Africa, will start and finish at the NASREC Expo Centre this Sunday.

The marathon poses one of the toughest routes and is frequently held in hot conditions, which can result in relatively slow times.

Last year Professor Mollen was the first of the local runners in eighth place, missing the three hour mark by exactly one minute.

Zimbabwean Margaret Mahoma pulled away from strong competition to win the ladies race in a useful three hours, 43 minutes and 23 seconds, leaving countrywoman Chiyedza Chokore, the Old Mutual Om Die Dam 50 km winner, in second and four minutes adrift.

Transnet’s Gladys Lukhwareni was third only 400 metres further adrift.

Although licences would normally be distributed in November, there has been no word from KZN Athletics as to when the race numbers will arrive for 2012.

Athletics South Africa have highlighted the progress and performances achieved since mid-2010 which includes 16 national records in 18 months.

Of course, records are only generated on a solid background laid in the periods long before the achievements, but it is testament to a new regime that the opportunities have been made available for the records to be set.

Amongst the records to fall was the 12-year-old 4x400 m men’s relay record at the World Championships in South Korea which eventually earned the South Africans a silver medal. The quartet were the first South Africans to break three minutes.

Sunette Viljoen set the record on three occasions on her way to a bronze medal in South Korea with a 68,38-metre javelin throw.

One of the most spectacular senior records came from LJ van Zyl when he broke Llewellyn Herbert’s 11-year-old record in the 400 m hurdles on February 25, taking only 47,66 seconds for the one lap affair.

Ruben Ramolefi was the fourth and last to set a senior record when he improved his 3000 m steeplechase record to 8:11.50.

The New SA Records: Approved

Senior Women – Javelin Throw 68,38m – Sunette Viljoen 2 September 2011 (Also Africa Record)

Senior Men – 400m Hurdles: 47.66 – LJ van Zyl 25 February 2011

Senior Men – 3000m Steeple Chase: 8:11.50 – Ruben Ramolefi - 29 Augustus 2011

Senior Men – 4x400m Relay: 2:59.21 -Oscar Pistorius - Willie de Beer, Shane Victor, Ofentse Magawane - 01 September 2011

Junior Men – Long Jump: 8.19m (+1.5m/s) – Luvo Manyonga– 10 July 2010

Junior Men 110meters Hurdles: 13.71 (+1.0m/s) – Tshepo Lefete – 3 April 2011

Junior Men – Decathlon: 7380 points – Gert Swanepoel - 25 & 26 June 2010

Youth Girls – 1000 meters: 2:52.65 – Thato Makafola– 23 August 2010

Youth Girls – 400 meters: 52.88 – Justine Palframan – 17 December 2010

Youth Girls – 1000 meters Medley Relay 2:10.48 –

Liezl Hechter

Philippa van der Merwe

Stephanie Wicksell

Izelle Neuhoff

Youth Boys – Discus Throw (1.5kg): 67.44m – Gerhard de Beer – 10 September 2011

Youth Boys – Javelin Throw (700g): 83.16m –Morne Moolman – 9 July 2011 (Also World Youth Championship Record)

Youth Boys – 4x100 meters Relay: 41:00

- Bradley Britz

Pieter Conradie

Constant Pretorius

Andries van der Merwe

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