Bosman likely winner for SA Marathon Championships, Maxwell focuses on Rotterdam Marathon to improve on her time

2012-01-25 00:00

INTERNATIONAL Tanith Maxwell has withdrawn from the Dubai Marathon as a result of an Achilles heel injury sustained in her build-up last year.

The damaged heel came on the back of a toe injury that resulted in her withdrawing from the SA Marathon team to the World Championships in Korea last August.

Friday’s Dubai marathon is the richest in the world and virtually without a hill, making it particularly fast and would have been ideal for Maxwell to dip under two hours 30 minutes for the first time.

Although initially the fastest woman marathoner in South Africa, Rene Kalmer’s two hours, 29 minutes and 58 seconds posting at the end of 2011 gives her the primary Olympic spot as the team prepares for London 2012 in July.

Maxwell now has to improve on her time and has committed herself to the Rotterdam Marathon, turning down her invite to the London Marathon.

Annerien van Schalkwyk was also initially in the mix but is now injured, while Irvette van Blerk, who entered Soweto as a debut, was knocked over in the chaotic start and was forced to withdraw 38 km later.

Van Blerk is rumoured to be looking to get a late entry into next weekend’s SA Marathon Championships in George.

The marathon championships are being held in George (February 5) for the second time. It would seem that, if Van Blerk does not make a last surprise entry, Charne Bosman will be relatively unchallenged for the R50 000 prize.

Its extremely unlikely that any of the women will dip under the 2:37 A grade Olympic qualification time.

The men’s race is more competitive, but there is no real head-to-head clash, with the potential of Coolboy Ngomane and Lushapa April the most likely contenders for the crown and an easy R50 000 in prize money.

Justine Palframann is due back from the experience of a lifetime next week, following a training camp in Jamaica where she met up with World Sprint record holder Usain Bolt and coach Mills.

The exceptional talent and potential of the Eshowe youngster was recognised by the World Wide Scholarships, who arranged the visit, and supported by the local KZN community, raised funds to assist the youngster with costs.

Palframann has already represen­ted the country at Africa and World level in her age group and is set to make further in-roads in the 100 metre to 400 metre distances in the coming years.

Prodigal Khumalo was a runaway victor in the Dunlop Kearsney Striders half-marathon on Sunday.

Khumalo, who is working towards an assault on the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon, put the Mr Price colours at the top of the podium with a useful one hour 19 minutes 52 seconds time. Colin Goosen, dubbed “Creepy Crawley” for his crawl over the Comrades line for a gold medal in the 1980s, had a welcome return to podium positions in the 50-59 age category in a time of one hour 38 minutes 18 seconds, which could indicate that he is in line for a silver medal attack come the 87th Comrades on June 3.

In Northern KZN, Saturday’s battle for supremacy in the Rorkes’ Drift half-marathon was tough with Bongani Msimango taking the honours in one hour, 14 minutes and 14 seconds compared to Senzo Nkosi’s 1:14:42.

Jenny McCulough, visiting from Rand Athletic Club, opened over 500 metres on Collegians Harriers’ Vicky Crookes to take the ladies race in one hour, 44 minutes and one seconds.

PDAC host their annual 25 km challenge on Sunday from Waterfall shopping centre to Lahee Park in Pinetown. The race starts at 5 am.

Gregg Patterson has more details at 082 889 6287

Next Thursday sees the first of the women’s time trials for the year between the Maritzburg and Highway clubs. Eskom will host the event at the Pietermaritzburg Bowling Club at 6 pm and challenges runners over a flat four kilometre distance.

In track and field, Saturday sees the third of the Youth Junior and Senior leagues at Kings Park stadium.

Results

Kearsney Striders Half Marathon 21,1km

Open men:

1. Prodigal Khumalo Mr Price AC 69:52

2. Robson Chigara Form. One AC 73:02

3. Sandile Lembetha STS 76:47

Women

1. Janene Carey Boxer AC 92:26

2. Nkosi Mkhize DAC 99:14

3. Nonsikelho Mbambo Ntl. Carb. 1:40:53

1. Khethiwe Memela Boxer AC 1:58:23

Rorke’s Drift 21,1km:

Men:

1. Bongani Msimango Vryheid AC 1:14:14

2. Senso Nkosi Ind 1:14:42

3. Philani Buthelezi Klip River AC 1:15:24

Women:

1. Jenny Mc Cullough RAC 1:44:01

2. Vicky Crookes Coll Harr 1:45:36

3. Ingrid van Niekerk Vryheid A C 1:53:40

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