Mokoena regains old form in Zurich

2013-09-04 00:00

SOUTH Africa’s track and field athletes are wrapping up the final weeks of the European season, with Khotso Mokoena now achieving closer to the expected form that deserted him in the World Championships.

Mokoena and Zark Visser placed one and two in the Zurich Diamond League, which was the first of the two-leg final. Visser won the long jump with a leap of 8,32 m, while Mokoena recorded 8,17 m against a 1,7 m/s headwind.

The “crocodile” followed up on Sunday in Berlin with another second, behind Germany’s Christian Reif, getting out to 8,11 m.

World championship bronze medallist Johan Cronje also doubled his events — finishing eighth in Zurich in 3:34,06, just missing the national record, and then using the Berlin 800 m to sharpen his speed with a 1:45,64 for seventh.

Caster Semenya was back in action and certainly improved on her previous performances this season with a 2:01,83, but this only gave her seventh position in a quality field where she looked pedestrian. World champion Eunice Sum took honours in 1:55,82.

Sunette Viljoen continued her consistent performance with a 62,76 best of six trials in Zurich and 62,93 in Berlin, to take fourth position in both events. Although it’s a far cry from her 69,35 m set in New York last year, the Potchefstroom athlete has shown she is always in contention.

Victor Hogan repeated his fifth place from Moscow in Berlin, spinning the discus out to 62,57 m.

The second Diamond League final will be held in Brussels on Friday night, with another 16 events being brought to a league conclusion.

• Mapaseka “Speedsta” Makhanya romped home in a record 33,37 minutes to win the Pretoria leg of the Spar Women’s 10 km Challenge on Saturday. Makhanya is now virtually guaranteed to win the Nissan Micra after the Johannesburg event in October.

René Kalmer was second in 33,56 with Irvette van Zyl third in 34,21.

• Locally, Prodigal Khumalo won the prestigious Township to Township marathon from KwaMashu to uMlazi in a new course record time. The Maxed Elite athlete was chased to the line over the hilly course by Nedbank’s Bernard Dandadzi.

In the women’s race, only Nedbank’s Lineo Chaka broke the three- hour barrier, recording 2:55,04, while Winile Mnisi was a comfortable second in 3:03,23.

• Local athletes dominated the Save-Hyper half marathon from the Protea Sports ground in Raisethorpe on Sunday, with Boxer’s Sibonela Duma just a few strides ahead of Malibongwe Dlamini.

Eskom runners dominated the prizes in the women’s race, with Sibongile Ziqubu taking line honours.

• Dolphin Coast Striders host their annual Medi-Help Ultra 50 km run and walk this Sunday, commencing at Lifestyle Centre in Ballito at 6 am. This is a pre-entry race, which closed last week, although the five-kilometre fun run entries will be taken until 11 am on Sunday at the finish.

The 50 km is an out and up, back and down run on tar roads around the cane farms, with 10 km and half marathon distances turning earlier. Gary Henwood-Fox has more details on 076 349 9510.

Township to Township 42 km results

Men: 1.Prodigal Khumalo (Maxed Elite) 2:24,44, 2.Bernard Dandadzi (Nedbank) 2:24,47, 3.Jeffry Gwebu (Toyota) 2:25,29.

35 to 39: 1.Michael Ngaseke (Nedbank) 2:26,37, 2.Khangela Chauke (Nedbank) 2:34,51, 3.Jabulani Mabaso (Boxer) 2:38,41.

Women: 1.Lineo Chaka (Nedbank) 2:55,04, 2.Winile Mnisi (Maxed Elite) 3:03,23, 3.Margaret Mahohoma (Toyota) 3:11,26.

35 to 39: 1.Sibongile Mpanza (Boxer) 3:42,48, 2.Iris Ndlovu (NRB) 3:45,55, 3.Nonhlanhla Shange (Nedbank) 4:10,23.

21 km Men: 1.Siyabonga Nkonde (Boxer) 1:06,21, 2.Ramolefi Motsieloa (Klipriver) 1:06,25, 3.Elomore Sibanda (Maxed Elite) 1:08,06.

Women: 1.Sithulisiwe Zhou (Phantane) 1:25,12, 2.Ntebaleng Letsela (Phantane) 1:26,30, 3.Daniso Zimbini (Lions) 1:27,57.

Spar Women’s Pretoria

Open: 1 Mapaseka Makhanya (Transnet) 33:37; 2 Rene Kalmer (Nedbank) 33:56; 3 Irvette van Zyl (Nedbank) 34:21.

Save-Hyper Orion Half Marathon

Men: 1.Sibonelo Duma Boxer A C 70:44.

2.Malibongwe Dlamini Coll Harr 70:48.

3.Philani Ngcobo Coll Harr 76:34.

Women: 1.Sibongile Zigubu Escom A C1:40,47.

2.Ntsiki Mbambo Natal Carb 1:43,42.

3.Debby De Koning Escom A C 1:53,52.

KGB Hindu 10 km Umhlanga

Men: 1.Lucky Mamadlala QBH 33:33.

2.Innocent Nyawose QBH 33:57.

3.Sibongaseni Ngcobo Shongweni A C 34:13.

Women: 1.Sithembile Radebe Ind 45:24.

2.Lisa Collett Ind 47:23.

3.Yolanda Benkers SAPS 48:27.

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