Berlin becomes the world’s fastest men’s marathon

2011-09-29 00:00

BY setting a new world record of 2:03:38, Kenyan Patrick Makau has an average finishing time of 2:04:31 for his top three performances since 2008. Only his countryman, Mutai, who won the Boston Marathon in 2:03:02, has a faster average of 2:04:22.

The average of the top ten performances in the Berlin Marathon is now 2:04:55, making it the fastest in the world.

Women’s winner Florence Kiplagat is the youngest to break the 2:20 barrier and the 11th women to do this when she crossed the line in 2:19:44, the first time since 2006 that a woman has gone under 2:20.

Boxer club’s Miya Lawrie was the first athlete over 40 years to finish the Aca Joe Cape Town Marathon on Sunday in fourth place behind Zimbabweans Chiyedza Chokore and Margaret Mohohoma.

Samuel Pazanga took the honours in the Mtubatuba 10 km, outrunning his Mr Price team-mate, Malvern Paraza, by 70 metres with Boxer’s Sipho Nyembe completing the podium.

Puseletso Dladla and Mpumelelo Mnyandu put the Klipriver club on the top two podium places. The diminutive Savages athlete, Mkhosi Mhlongo, was third.

Simon Makhonza outclassed the field to win the Tonevale Game Park 16 km and was the only runner to break an hour for the challenging but scenic course that strung out the field. Manafuthi Ngubane was second and Nkosi Zungu third.

It was a similar scenario in the ladies’ race where Nomcebo Mthethwa came out on top ahead of Nicola McMurray.

The major race this weekend will be Sunday’s Goss Balfe South Coast Marathon which, for the first time, adds 10 km to the half and full marathon distances. Although shown as being pre-entry, entries and registration will be available on Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm and at the Hutchinson Park finish on race morning from 3 am to 4.40 am. There is a train to take 21 km and 42 km runners to the start. Des has more details at 082 806 0348.

The annual Hamilton Night half-marathon will be run on Saturday night starting at 5 pm from the clubhouse. Johan van Dyk has details at 076 5367070.

The Saints Thorntree 15 km race commences from St Charles College at 7 am with a 10 km option for both runners and walkers. Alan has more information at 033 3411267.

On the North Coast there’s a 15 km and 10 km run-and-walk combination from the Empangeni Rugby Club at 6 am on Sunday. Shadrack Mncwango is the race co-ordinator at 072 437 1347.

Sunday also sees the start of the SA Games which will be held at the Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane, running through to October 7.

Team members should contact Dees Govender for KZN Athletics information, but athletes should call Johan Wepener (DSR at 083 784 0679) about transport and Ms B.A. Thabethe, the chef de mission for KZN, (DSR 082 430 6782) for team information.

THE MTUBATUBA 10 KM CHALLENGE

Men: 1 Samuel Pazanga Mr Price 30:34, 2 Malvern Paraza Mr Price 30:46, 3 Siphomandla Nyembe Boxer 31:25.

Ladies: 1 Puseletso Dladla Klipriver 37:42, 2 Mpumelelo Mnyandu Klipriver 37:48, 3 Mkhosi Mhlongo Savages 38:05.

THE TONEVALE GAME PARK 16 KM RUN

Men 16 km: 1 Simon Makhonza 58:46, 2 Manafuthi Ngubane 62:06, 3 Nkosinathi Zungu 66:34

35 to 39: Simon Makhonza 58:46

Ladies: 1 Nomcebo Mthethwa 75:48, 2 Nicola McMurray 78:08, 3 Simone Scrase 81:59

35 to 39: Nonhlanhla Dludla 1:53:53

10 km:

Men 1 Siphiso Mthembu 43:37, 2 Selby Mthethwa 46:29, 3 Joe Mead 50:41

Ladies 1 Liesel Biendulf 58:22, 2 Susan Augustyn 80:05, 3 Bridget Picton 82:17

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