Lehann Fourie clinches hurdles record

2012-09-15 00:00

AS the European track and field season draws to a close, Lehann Fourie achieved his goal of breaking Shaun Bownes’s long-standing 110 metre hurdles record.

Fourie recorded 13,24 in this past weekend’s Diamond league shaving 0,02 of a second off the 11-year-old record. It would seem there is more to come as Fourie clattered some hurdles along the way to theline.

The major local event this last weekend was The Witness Spar Women’s 10 km challenge, which attracted a record field of over 3 300 runners. The event gave Poppy Mlambo a rewarding back-to-back, linking her fourth place in the SA XC championships, where she earned a gold team medal with CGA, to victory over the completely revamped but hilly women’s challenge in and around Alexandra Park.

Mlambo was the clear leader for most of the race and won with over 150 metres in hand.

Olympic marathoner Tanith Maxwell and Makosi Mhlongo, both of whom earned medals the previous day, were held in a tight battle for podium places on the Sunday, with Maxwell edging into second in 36:07 over the 10 km, and adding the 35-39 age category award to her take-home pay.

Mlambo ran an impressive 3:25:59 down the hill to the Msunduzi Bridge. “I loved the hills in this race; I had to dig deep as I strode up the inclines,” said the diminutive Bidvest athlete,

“I was stiff to begin with as I ran the SA Cross-country on Saturday, but I enjoy running with Tanith, we help each other and work in synergy.” Malmbo continued.

Down in Merewent, Temo Rampuku took the opportunity of his Durban visit to win the Wings 21 km. The Toyota athlete opened almost 500 metres on Mbongeni Maphumulo to cross the line in 1:17:9, with Dumsani Manzini completing the podium in a conservative 81:35. As many runners competed in the cross-country championships, the times were slow and Nedbank’s Cary-Ann Smith was well off her best mark when she won the women’s race in 1:36:33 well clear of the competition.

Up in northern KZN it was a tight struggle between Bongani Msimnago and Mr Price Sport’s Kwenza Ngubane in the King of the Mpati Mountain race. The duo were stride for stride with the line judge, giving thePhuma athlete the nod in 57:45.

Nedbank’s Thulani Dube completed the podium in 59:23.

Winile Mnise had a much clearer run in the women’s race to take the crown as queen of the mountain in 1:17:43 seconds almost a kilometre clear of Riana Uys of Volkrust and Vryheid’s Ingrid Kusel.

Weekend events

• The Ithala 38 km trail run is held from Ithala Game Reserve in Louwsburg today. There are only 450 entries for this scenic and challenging event that is linked with a 38 km and 60 km MTB cycle event and a 10 km run and walk.

Ingrid Kusel of host club Vryheid has more details at 073 867 5712. Finishers in the 38km run and 60 km cycle receive free T-shirts.

• In Pietermaritzburg the focus will be on tomorrow’s Orion Save Supermarkets 21 km race, which covers a undulating and challenging two-lap course around Raisethorpe.

The event is centred on the Protea Sports Ground with a 7 am start. Ajith Deena has more details at 083 659 2732

• The final event is from Durban’s King’s Park athletic stadium, where the SAPS Striders are hosts for a half-marathon and 10 km event that will make use of the NMR Avenue route very similar to the Savages race in July.

The event starts at 6 am and is sure to draw a large field of runners coming back into racing form as the marathon season restarts.

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