KZN athletes take 19 golds at youth inter-provincial

2010-11-23 00:00

KWAZULU-NATAL earned 19 gold, 16 silver and 22 bronze medals at the sub youth inter-provincial at King’s Park at the weekend.

Nine athletes won more than one medal, with Marie Schutte taking home gold in the 300 m hurdles and bronze in both the 90 m hurdles and 100 m sprint for U-15 girls.

Daniel Rust won gold in both the boys’ U-13 shot put and discus events, while the province earned a clean sweep in the javelin for boys U/13.

Jeandre Bekker launched the spear to 52,47 m to eclipse the competition for the gold medal, while Henjolah Peters grabbed silver with his 39,64 m throw. Willem van Schalkwyk comple­ted the podium with 37,51 m.

Earlier, Bekker bagged a silver in the 100 m and Peters was silver medallist in the high jump.

Excellent performances were once again undermined by a short course in Durban, where Samuel Pazanga won the inaugural Run for Fun 10 km.

The race used the flat fast course around the beachfront and NMR Avenue, but was found to be almost 100 metres short.

This is the second week in succession that performances have to be dismissed due to inaccuracy of measurement.

It detracts from the sterling and enthusiastic work done by fledgling clubs that are trying to make their mark on the running scene.

Last week the Edendale Club, which put so much effort into their race, had a 350 m shortfall that cost runners the record incentive money.

On Sunday the lead group of six runners were together for the first three kilometres, but over the next four on the flat NMR, runners fell off Pazanga’s pace as he eased up the pressure.

The top four broke 30 minutes, with Pazanga taking the tape in 29 minutes 30 seconds, 70 m clear of Robsen Chigara from Bluff Meats Formula One club. KZN’s short distance specialist, Thubalethu Phaku, was third with 29:50.

Boxer’s Jenna Challenor and Bluff Meats Formula One’s Catherine Nyakwishira were in close contention for much of the women’s race, with Nyakwishira coming out on top over the final three-kilometre stretch.

The Zimbabwean ran 36:51, opening a 12 second lead over the Boxer athlete.

Alison Manake from Formula One was almost 300 m adrift for third.

It was a home club win for Simon Mkhonza when he took the honours in the annual Heatonville 19 km event for hosts Umhlathuze Athletic Club.

Mkhonza had an 80 m advantage over Empangeni’s Sifiso Ntshangase after climbing the challenging hill to the finish at Heatonville Farmers club in 1:10:19.

Mkhonza also secured first place in the 35-39 age group. Nedbank’s Bernard Phalatsane was third in 1:11:22.

After a few quieter weeks, Melanie van Rooyen returned to her winning ways and completely dominated the ladies race to break the tape in one hour 26 minutes and 44 seconds.

The host club’s Noncebo Mthethwa was a distant second in 1:34:08, while Tzelle Geyzer was third and first 35-39 a further 250 metres off the mark.

Run For Fun 10 km - Durban

Men: 1 Samuel Pazanga Mr P 29:30, 2 Robsen Chigara F1 29:41, 3 Thubalethu Phaku DUT 29;50

Women: 1 Catherine Nyakwishira F1 36:51, 2 Jenna Challenor Boxer 37:03, 3 Alison Manake F1 38:28

Heatonville 19Km

Men: 1 Simon Mkhonza Umhlathuze 70:19, 2 Sifiso Ntshangase Emp 70:56, 3 Bernard Phalatsane Ned 71:22

Women: 1 Melanie v Rooyen CRBAC 1:26:44, 2 Noncebo Mthethwa Umhlathuze 1:34:08, 3 Izelle Geyzer ZMSC 1:35:24

Walk:

Men Lindokuhle Ntombelo Umhlathuze 2:13:41

Women: Yvonne Irmscher Umhlathuze 2:14:31

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