SA team return home with Cronje’s sole bronze medal

2013-08-21 00:00

THE South African team arrived back in the country yesterday with just a bronze medal won by Johan Cronje in the 1 500 m at the IAAF World Championships in Moscow.

This is the first time a South African has won a medal of any colour in the metric mile in the world championships.

Cronje will now be competing in the final two Diamond Leagues before, like many other South African athletes, focusing on his build-up to the Commonwealth Games in Scotland.

• Collegian Harriers’ Malibongwe Dlamini won Saturday’s Capital Climb 15 km leaving Nhlanhla Tshababa over 250 m adrift at the Voortrekker finish, with local star and past winner Sibonela Duma in third position.

Dlamini was also the first to the top of the climb at World’s View and picked up an additional R100 incentive for his hill climbing ability.

Comrades gold medalist Bongmusa Mthembu had a strong outing over the shorter distance to finish fifth in 53:44, while Poppy Mlambo was a clear winner in the women’s race.

• The KZN walk championships will be held on Saturday in the King’s Park precinct and will offer the walk community a chance to be measured against the best on a standard walk loop course.

For more information, call the the KZN office on 031 312 9374.

• The other major race this weekend is the Mandela Marathon, which commemorates Madiba’s history in KwaZulu-Natal and in particular his last speech as a free man at the All in Africa conference at Manaya Hall in Edendale on March 1961 and his capture on the Howick road on August 5, 1962.

The marathon will be run between these two points and includes a 10 km climb up “struggle hill” followed by a two-kilometre steeper ascent known as “challenge climb”.

Runners have a full seven hours to complete the distance, and there is a 10 km race for those looking for a shorter and less challenging event. This starts from Howick stadium and passes the Boe­r War memorial before running below the Midmar dam wall.

Both events are pre-entry and finish at the capture site and museum.

The races start simultaneously at 7 am and runners are reminded to collect their numbers from the Royal Showgrounds in Pietermaritzburg tomorrow and Friday from 9 am to 5 pm and on Saturday from 9 am to 4 pm.

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