Record holder Ramaala ASA acting chief

2013-03-13 00:00

ROBERT Kwemoi and Simon Cheprot, competing in the recent Rome to Ostia half-marathon, have become the 99th and 100th runners to break the one hour barrier for the 21 kilometre distance. The hour mark was broken first by Moses Tanui in Milan in April 1993, with his 59 minute 47 second timing.

Only one South African, Hendrick Ramaala, has achieved this feat, recording 59,20 in Lisbon in 2000. He was the fifth runner to break the barrier and went on to dip under the hour one more time.

Ramaala is now the acting president of Athletics South Africa (ASA), following Saturday’s council meeting at which president James Evens was impeached for administrative and financial malpractices. Evans is contesting the outcome.

Although the running year is only 10 weeks old, Irvette van Zyl and Rene Kalmer continue to improve their times, with Van Zyl securing her 13th consecutive win of the season, running 1:16,18 for the Edenvale 21-kilometre. Kalmer was second to Van Zyl, but this run came after hacking three minutes off Frith van der Merwe’s 21-year-old record at the Spring Striders 32 km, where she broke the tape in 1:58,48. There are signs of great things on the horizon and both athletes are utilising the new Adidas Boost technology.

Boxer’s latest find, Lungisi Medelwa, completely dominated the Stella Royal 10 km event, taking line honours in 30,40.

There was never any doubt over Jenna Challenor’s victory in the women’s race, where her 37,15 time belies the difficulty of the course.

Zimbabweans Samuel Pazanga and Professor Mollen were the best of the large field participating in the two-lap 25 km.

Melanie van Rooyen added another victory to her racing schedule, taking the tape in 1:47,43. The improving Pat Damman was next, ahead of Natal Carbineers Nonsikelelo Mbambo, who closed the podium in 1:57,09.

Cross-country had a positive start to the season with the largest turn out for the annual parlauf event for over a decade. Lucky Dladla and Innocent Nyawose put the Queensburgh Harriers’ colours on the top step of the podium in the men’s eight-kilometre, where the pair alternated their kilometre efforts to cover the course in 27,01, fully 30 seconds clear of Derek Wasserfall and Jonathon Edwards.

In the women’s event, Danielle Adlam and Cary Ann Smith eclipsed the host club challenge from Wendy Morgan and Lauren Colenbourne.

The major race nationally is Saturday’s Old Mutual Om Die Dam 50 km, and IAU Bronze Label event.

Locally, Sunday’s Gate-Rite challenge from Verulam Sports grounds at 5.30 am is the most diverse event of the weekend. Apart from the full marathon, there are options on 21 km, 10 km and five kilometres. Feroza has more details at 084 517 4017.

On Saturday, Emnambithi Striders host their half-marathon, starting from Settlers Park at 5 pm. Ashwin Parthab has the details at 083 783 6363.

The Spar Corridor 21 km will be hosted by Genius Club in Umzinkulu on Sunday at 9 am. Contact Brennan de Bruin at 083 743 3684.

The KZN Senior and Masters track and field championships will be held at King’s Park track on Friday and Saturday. This will be used for selection to the SA championships on April 12 and April 13.

Results

Stella Royal 10 km

Men: 1. Lungisi Medelwa 30,40; 2. Elmor Sibanda 32,14; 3. Sthembela Funeka 32,23. Women: 1. Jenna Challenor 37,15; 2. Lauren Dougall 39,43; 3 Cary Ann Smith 40,55.

25 km

Men: 1. Samuel Pazanga 1:24,24; 2. Professor Mollen 1:24,45; 3. Thabeso Nyahonkulu 1:27:48. Women: 1. Melanie van Rooyen 1:47,43; 2. Pat Damman 1:53,10; 3. Nonsikelelo Mbambo 1:57,09.

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