KZN athletes fly home flag at Moscow championships

2013-08-14 00:00

DECATHLETE Willem Coertzen has provided the highlight of South Africa’s World Championship campaign to date, setting a new African record and scoring ninth place in the gruelling two-day event.

Unseasonal heat and humidity decimated the women’s marathon where Boxer’s Tanith Maxwell put in a gutsy performance to finish 42nd in a disappointing time of two hours 56 minutes. It looks as though KZN-bred Marc Mundell may face much of the same today when he lines up for the 50 km walk at 6.30 am SA time.

Another athlete who began life in KZN but moved on to achieve greater success by relocating to Stellenbosch is Justine Palframan, who will commence her progression in the 200 m tomorrow at 8.55 am.

• Back in the province, Boxer’s Lungisa Mdedelwa romped home 22 seconds clear of Ayanda Mncube to win the KZN senior cross-country title in 33:48 at Gelofte on Saturday.

The top five men were within a minute of Lungisa, giving an indication of the depth of competition at present in the province.

In the senior men’s four kilometre, Nkosikhona Mhlakwana was the surprise winner in 11min:35sec, leaving the favoured Simphiwe Zulu second.

Coach Michael Seme was an interested visitor to the championships.

Seme coaches a number of leading athletes, including Stephen Mokoka, and works with Pretoria University and the HPC. The Newcastle-born man is another who has gained fame in another province, but this does not stop him remembering his roots and was down looking for potential athletes to award HPC development programme bursaries to.

• Peres Jepchichir won the Checkout Chatsworth Women’s race held this weekend in a time of 35min:10sec, holding off Jenna Challenor of the Boxer club by 80 metres, leaving Sindile Chili to fill the podium places in a distant 38:48.

Janene Carey left many of her younger rivals in her wake to take the 40-49 age category over the hilly and challenging course.

• Jepchirchir turned out again on the Sunday in the Nongoma Build It Half marathon where she was a run-away victor in 1hr:20min:41sec with Slindile Chili also doing the double in second place just over seven minutes later.

Nikonde Syabonga won the men’s race 350 m clear of Maxed Elite’s Samuel Tazanga with Mangaile Khatoane of Phantane third.

• The main event this weekend will be theWitness Capital Climb. It starts from Voortrekker High School at 8 am on Saturday and ascends to the top of World’s View before a free-fall quad-jarring plummet back down Town Hill to complete the 15 km distance.

The course has changed significantly since the initial running and records for the first run to World’s View were set up, although there’s no recognition for the first man and woman to the top.

• The KwaMashu 21 km and 10 km, scheduled for Sunday, has been cancelled and Moses Madlala has more details at 082 706 8150.

THE CHECKOUT WOMEN’S 10 KM ROAD RACE

Open: 1. Peres Jepchirchir Maxed Elite 35:10

2. Jenna Challenor Boxer A C35:40

3. Slindlile Chili Chesterville A C 38:48

40 to 49: 1. Janene Carey Boxer A C39:08

2. Lungile Nkosi Escom A C50:31

3. Roshini Nathasen Hi Way A C52:47

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