Athletics: World’s best head for Diamond League in Zurich and Berlin

2011-09-08 00:00

WITH the World Athletics Championships over, the world’s best still have a couple of Diamond League events to compete in, with L.J van Zyl heading off to Zurich and Berlin in hope of securing the Diamond.

The Tukkies athlete, who won bronze in Korea, is lying second in the points table and has the ability to make it a season of note.

Javelin thrower Sunette Viljoen will also be in action, and on current form could well make her third extension on the African record.

The first event is in Zurich tomorrow evening, with the Belgacom Memorial Van Damme meeting on September 16.

Athletes have been competing in 32 events for the 14-meeting league with the top point scorer in each event winning R280 000.

Double points are scored in these last two meetings with each host finals of 16 events.

Innocent Nyawose just failed to break the three-hour mark when winning the 50 km Aquella Dolphin Coast Ultra.

The Queensburgh man opened more than a 1,5 km lead on the rest of the field on the tough course around the cane farm roads of the North Coast to finish in 3:00:24.

Nedbank’s Freedom Shezi and Eugene Ncube of KZN Striders fought out the minor places, finishing in 3:06:25 and 3:07:11 respectively.

Fikile Mbuthuma of Nedbank was the clear winner of the ladies’ race in 3:55:35, beating Mtinzini’s Nicola McMurray and Iris Ndlovu.

It’s a weekend of tough challenges with Saturday’s Wildlands Mont- Aux-Sources 50 km Challenge first off at 6.15 am.

This is a pre-entry event that will see 250 participants make their way up over 2 000 metres from Royal Natal Lodge to the Sentinel car park.

Heidi Mocke has more information for next year’s race as no additional entries will be taken this year. E-mail her at Heidim@wildlands.co.za.

Later on Saturday the Mpati Mountain Challenge will take place from Dundee Junior School at 2 pm.

This is a 15 km event with the first two kilometres through town as a warm-up for the steep six kilometre climb before returning to the finish.

The event is open to runners and walkers and there is an associated five kilometre fun run

Ken Vorster has all the details at 082 821 8004.

Bonitas, the medical fund company, has resuscitated the City to City 50 km ultra marathon from Pretoria to Johannesburg.

There are already over 4 000 entries for this year’s event, which offers a 50 km, half-marathon and a 10 km.

The 50 km will commence from the Gautrain station in Centurion.

This year’s event has over R200 000 in prize money and online entries for the event on September 18 close tonight at www.entrytime.com.

Entries for the 10 km event will be taken on the day.

The Comrades Marathon Assocaiton has already received over 3 000 entries for the 2012 race, which will be a down run from Pietermaritzburg to Durban.

There is a cap of 18 000 being applied and entries will close on November 30 or when the cap is reached.

Entries can be taken at any Mr Price store or on line at www.comrades.com.

Open men 50 km:

1.Innocent Nyawose QBH 3:00:24

2.Freedom Shezi Nedbank 3:06:25

3.Eugene Ncube KZN St3:07:11

Open ladies 50 km:

1.Fikile Mbuthuma Nedbank 3:55:35

2.Nicola Mc Murray Mtinzini 4:07:58

3.Iris Ndlovu Boxer 4:13:39

Open men 21,1 km:

1.Xolani Nocanda Toti A C77:49

2.Malosi Dlomo Nedbank A C77:59

3.Mzokhona Nzimande DAC 78:35

Open ladies 21,1 km:

1.Miya Laurie Boxer AC 84:40

2.Jeanette Davidson DHSOB 95:40

2.Wendy Morgan Chiltern 95:47

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