Javelin ace Oosthuizen first to earn qualifying mark after impressive throw

2011-02-22 00:00

ROBERT Oosthuizen got the Yellow Pages Track and Field season off to a roaring start, launching his javelin to 83,82 metres to become the first athlete to earn an IAAF qualifying mark and the potential of a place in the team for the world championships to be held in Daegu Korea from August 27.

The IAAF A standard is marked at 82 metres. On form, Oosthuizen has the potential to win a medal in August.

There was substantial interest in the women’s 800 m where Caster Semenya made most of the running. The 20-year-old did enough to keep 2010 national champion Mapaseka Makhanya in second by a stride. Semenya’s time of 2min 4,12 sec is sufficient for this time of the season, but she will want to be getting back to the 1:56 level as she prepares for the worlds.

The Yellow Pages action will move to Tshwane as it builds up to the SA Championships in Durban in mid-April.

On the province’s roads, Mundradzi Juri made a successful trip from Durban to take top honours in the annual Mondi Half-Marathon in Richards Bay on Saturday.

The Bluff Meats Formula One runner covered the route around the local suburbs in 1:10:36, opening almost a kilometre over Thobiso Mosmica from the Eskom club. Local independent runner Simon Mcwiza was third overall in 1:14:34.

Melanie van Rooyen continued her racing schedule with victory on home turf. She ran the Sparkport Challenge two weeks ago, set a personal best in the SA Marathon Championships in George last week and clocked a 1:23:22 second half-marathon time to secure the top of the podium this Sunday.

Van Rooyen was the only woman to break the 90 min barrier with Izelle Geyzer from the Zululand Multisport Club a distant second in 1:38:36 and Simone Scrase having to settle for an unusual third spot.

In northern KZN, Cornelius Dlamini won the DB Enterprise 10 km in Ladysmith in a slow 37:21. The Nambithi athlete had a comfortable lead over local runner Phylyso Mazibuko, who was over 200 m adrift.

KZN Strider’s Xoli Madida won the women’s race in 42:02. It was her second race and victory of the weekend having secured the Dumbe Half-Marathon on Saturday in 1:21:42. Madida outran the rest of the field with colleagues Sibongile Lushaba and Khanyisile Thabede giving the club their second podium scoop of the weekend.

Mr Price’s Samuel Pazanga and Prodigal Khumalo took the top awards in the men’s race. Pazanga crossed the line in 1:03:57, leaving Khumalo 44sec off the pace.

Friday night saw the opening of the cross-country season with the annual Parlauf event at the Westville Athletic clubhouse.

The event sees partnerships from different clubs throw down the challenge in running alternate laps of a one kilometre course.

Triathletes Claude Eksteen and Donovan van Gelder were neck and neck with Westville duo of Duance Dicks and Sandile Lembethe. Van Gelder had a one-second edge at the line, clocking 25:09 over the eight kilometres.

Not surprisingly the combination of Danielle Adlam and Lise Muchna cleaned up in the women’s 3x1 km in 20:45 for the six kilometre distance.

Mondi Richards Bay 21,1km

Men: 1. Mundradzi Jari Form One A C 1:10:36, 2. Thobiso Mosmica Eskom 1:13:08, 3. Simon Mcwiza Ind 1:14:34

Women: 1. Melanie v Rooyen R/Bay A C 1:23:22, 2. Izelle Geyzer ZMSC 1:38:36, 3. Simone Scrase R/Bay A C 1:40:13

10km run

Men: S. Sikhosana Stella A C 36:12

Women: L. Madziba Boxer A C 39:20

Walkers

Men: Nonhlanlaq Khanyile RWFL 50:53

Women: Yvonne Irmscher Umhlathuze 59:12

DB Enterprise 10KM

10km

Men: 1. Corneluis Dlamini Nambithi A C 37:21, 2. Phylyso Mazibuko Ind A C 38:12, 3. Sihle Hlatswayo KZN Striders 38:48

Women: 1. Xoli Madida KZN Striders 42:02, 2. Phumelo Mnyandu KZN Striders 44:12, 3. Bandele Dlamini KZN Striders 45:49

Dumbe Motors 21,1km

Men: 1.Samuel Pazanga (Mr Price) 63:57, 2.Prodigal Khumalo (Mr Price) 64:41, 3.N. Maseko (Nedbank) 65:29.

Women: 1.Xolile Madide (KZN Striders) 1:21:42, 2.Sibongile Lushaba (KZN Striders) 1:38:49, 3.Khanyisile Thabede (KZN Striders) 1:42.

10km Men: Bonginkosi Zwane (Madadeni) 30:40.

Women: Phumelele Mnyandu

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