Provisional team for World Championships in Korea named

2011-07-20 00:00

A TOTAL of 27 athletes have made the provisional South African team for the World Championships in Korea from August 27 to September 4.

The marathon team, which includes KZN runner Tanith Maxwell, was announced late last month, but yesterday the track and field athletes were named. They includes Mbualeni Mulaudzi and Caster Semenya, the defending world 800 m champions.

Although Semenya has qualified on performance, Mulaudzi is relying on his ticket as defending champion at this stage.

For a number of the team members the qualification has been at B standard, which realistically means they will be looking to gain experience of high-level competition.

That said, Robert Oosthuizen in the javelin, hurdler L.J. van Zyl, who is ranked number one in the world this year, and Khotso Mokoena in the long jump, could make their way to the podium.

Mokoena, the Olympic and world silver medalist only just made the A grade mark as many of his competitions were held in wind-assisted conditions, which are not allowed to count for qualification purposes.

There are still a couple of weeks remaining before the final deadline for entries to the World Championships and the competition on the European circuit is stepping up a gear.

Among South Africa’s elite who continue to ply their trades on the circuit are, sprinters Thuso Mpuang and Hannes Dreyer.

Despite the rain, Cornel Fredericks was run-away victor in the 400 m hurdles in 49,25 seconds with Jamaican Isa Philips second just failing to break 50 seconds.

Although Semenya has yet to show the same form that saw her pulling away from the competition in the 800 m final of the Berlin World Championships, she has already hit a couple of two minute finishes and looks to be on track for a place in the final in Korea. Her latest victory was a 2:00:18 in Paris on July 8.

The 20-year-old Tukkies athlete will be using the World Student Games in China as her final preparation for Korea.

“I’m so excited because this will be the first time I will be participating in the World University Games,” Semenya said

Locally, the road running scene starts to regain momentum with Siyabonga Nkonde winning Sunday’s Forest 10 km and just failing to break the 30 minute barrier.

Nkonde, who was placed an impressive sixth in his SA Half marathon championships debut, was well clear of Boxer clubmate, Sibonelo Duma.

South African marathoner Tanith Maxwell was over a minute clear of the competition in the ladies race taking the line in 35 minutes and 52 seconds.

Cary Ann Smith was second in 36:56, with Comrades runner Kerry Koen closing the podium in 39:24.

Maxwell also won the 35-39 age grouping and will be odds on favourite to take the incentive money at next week’s Savages 21 km challenge.

Trail running continues to spread and recruit participants into athletics. Shongweni’s Spirit of Adventure were the latest club to organise an event around the picturesque dam last weekend.

Mark Michelle was the best of the field covering the hilly 14 km course in one hour and eight minutes over 500 m clear of Brendon Lee.

Mariska Grace was the outright leader in the ladies race in one hour and 29 minutes.

A number of the leaders mistook the correct tunnel under the dam and paid the price by wading through knee-high water.

Those who prefer the country will be heading to Amanzimtoti on Saturday for the next of the XC leagues at Hutchison Park. The programme starts at 12 pm and follows the standard format. Llewellyn van Onsolen has more details on 082 774 38 12.

Looking to the road, the Savages challenge is the race of the weekend locally with R1 000 incentive for the first runner to break 65 minutes for men and 80 minutes for women.

The races begin at 7 am from Durban’s cycle track.

For more information call Kevin Bradfield on 078 281 69 81.

There are two other races on the calendar for the weekend and both are up the north coast.

The first is the annual Richards Bay Charity Relay Run from Bay Hall on Saturday morning at 5 am.

This is for teams of six runners or three walkers, each covering the relatively flat 8,2 km lap.

Then on Saturday afternoon Umhlathuze host the Mfuli Game Farm Mountain Challenge which covers a 15 km route around the game farm outside Empangini commencing at 1.30 pm.

This event has both walking and running divisions with the runners starting 30 minutes later.

Lionel Qwabe has more details on 084 429 03 05.

Entries for the Totalsports Ladies Race on July 31 have already closed, but registration will be open on Friday and Saturday of next week.

RESULTS:

Spirit of Adventure Shongweni 14km Trail:

Men:1 Mark Michelle 1:08:00, 2 Brendon Lee 1:10:48, 3 Matthew Would 1:12:43

Ladies Mariska Grace 1:29:50, 2 Brigitte Oswell 1:32:37, 3 Joanne Mann 1:34:59

6km: 1 Paul Ramsay 35:15, 2 Darren Berriman 36:26, 3 Roderick Parsons 36:44

Ladies: 1 Elmarie Thole 41:43, 2 Mary Jameson 42:48, 3 Joanna Rawlins 44:55

Forest 10km — July 17:

Men:

1.Siyabonga Nkode Boxer A C30:07

2.Sibonelo Duma Boxer A C31:23

3.Proff Mollen Mr Price A C31:35

35 to 39: Bernard Phalatsane Nedbank A C33:51

40 to 49: Willie Majombozi Boxer A C35:39

50 to 59: Jan Koegelenberg Mr Price A C37:52

60+ Piet Badenhorst PDAC46:09

Junior: Adam LipschitsMr Price A C35:01

Ladies:

1.Tanith Maxwell Boxer A C35:52

2.Cary Ann Smith Nedbank A C36:56

3.Kerry Koen Nedbank A C39:24

35 to 39: Tanith Maxwell Nedbank A C35:52

40 to 49: Shani Silver Kearsney Striders 40:34

50 to 59: Maria Wareing Legends A C 49:45

60+ Linda Belll QBH 56:23

The Provisional SA Team for World Championships:

Thuso Mpuang (100), Simon Magakwe (100), Wayde van Niekerk(200), Lebogang Moeng (200 400), Mbualeni Mulaudzi (800), Elroy Gelant (5000), Stephen Mokoka (10000) Ruben Ramolefi (3000mSC), Lehann Fourie (110H), L.J. van Zyl (400mH), Cornel Fredericks (400mH), Khotso Mokoena, (LJ) Luvo Manyonga, (LJ), Tumelo Thagane (TJ), Robert Oosthuizen, (JT), Willem Coertzen (Dec)

Caster Semenya 800m, Wenda Theron (400mH), Simone du Toit, Sunette Viljoen (JT), Justine Robbeson (JT)

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