Athletes announced for Team South Africa, London Olympics

2012-07-11 00:00

THE full Team South Africa for the London Olympics was announced last week with a number of additions, bringing the total number of athletes to 20, with 1996 800-metre Silver medallist Hezekiel Sepeng as the manager. The team will be feted at a Gala Dinner, on July 18, before flying out to London on July 20. In total, there are 125 members in Team SA.

Marathon runners (men) are Lusapho April, Stephen Mokoka, Coolboy Ngamole. Marathon (women) are Rene Kalmer, Tanith Maxwell, Irvette van Blerk. Track and field are Willem Coertzen, Willie de Beer, Shaun de Jager, Cornel Fredericks, Lehann Fourie, Anaso Jobodwana, Ofentse Mogawane, Khotso Mokoena, Andre Olivier, Oscar Pistorius, Caster Semenya, Louis Jacobus van Zyl, Sunette Viljoen.

The 50 km race walker is Marc Mundell.

Manager is Hezekiel Sepeng, with coaches Terseus Liebenberg, Hennie Kotze and Gerrie Coetzee.

Nedbank’s Lungisa Mdedelwa completely dominated the South Coast Striders Sardine Half Marathon on the Old South Coast Road. Mde­delwa had just under two kilometres lead when he crashed over the line, with clubmate Shingi Budza securing second and first in the 35 to 39 age group, and Malwaande Hlongwe closing the podium.

Nonsikelelo Mbambo led Natal Carbineers club colleague, Thobeka Zondo, over the finish in the women’s race. Iris Ndlovu was third, and only 50 metres behind Zondo, but had the consolation of taking the 35 to 39 age group.

Westville’s Lowe family made the podium, with Dave winning the 60-plus age group, and daughter-in-law, Kim taking honours in the 40 to 49 category.

Entries for the newly announced Mandela Day Marathon will open on July 18, and will close on August 4, or when the limit of 466 runners has been achieved in the marathon. In celebration of Nelson Mandela’s 94th birthday, the number of 10 km runners will be restricted to 940. The race commences at the hall opposite Indumiso College in Edendale, the venue of Mandela’s last speech as a free man on March 25, 1961. The race climbs up “struggle” hill through Howick, to finish at the commemorative capture site on the R103 to Tweedie. Entries can be made online at www.mandeladaymarathon.co.za or through the uMgungundlovu District Council customer care centre.

The main focus this weekend is the Savages IZAKA 21 km, which doubles as the KZN half-marathon championships and a compulsory selection race for those wishing to represent the province at the SA championships in Cape Town on August 26.

The race is over a new flat and fast double lap of NMR avenue, with a 10 km single lap version also on offer. As a championship race, awards are made in five-year age categories, providing runners wear the correct age-group tags, front and back. The race will start at 7 am at Cyril Geoghegan Cycle Stadium. Runners are advised that parking is only accessible from Smiso Nkwanyana (Goble Road), Durban, and athletes are requested to arrive early. NMR Avenue will be closed between Walter Gilbert and Goble roads, so access is restricted to Umgeni Road, Northway, Goble Road, and the M4 prior to the race.

In addition to the substantial race prize money, top runners will receive significant cash for their places in the provincial championships, and athletes should note that they must wear club tracksuits or clothing at the prize giving.

The race is a pre-entry only, and closes on July 14, with tag collection at the cycle stadium on Saturday from 9 am to 5 pm, and on race morning from 5 am to 6.30 am. No entries will be taken on race day. Kevin Bradfield has more information at 078 281 6981. The other race this Sunday is the Esikhaleni senkosi Ucetshwayo 15 km, which also offers a five-kilometre walk. The event starts from the gym at 7 am. For more details, phone Mbuso Mkhwanazi at 082 484 0737.

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