SAP Strider challenge: Mr Price’s pazanga first home in close finish

2010-09-21 00:00

THE Mr Price duo of Samuel Pazanga and Richard Nene diced with Glenwood Harriers’ Gerald Mnetsi over the fast SAP Strider 15 km challenge in Durban on Sunday.

Pazanga had the edge and a winning time of 48 minutes 29 seconds as the trio finished in close succession on the King’s Park track. Zimbabwean Nene was a mere three seconds adrift, with Mnetsi just rounding the final bend into the finish straight.

Although they did not make the podium, the strength in depth of Nedbank’s Bernard Phalatsane, Dumisani Motaung, Mbongeni Sosibo, and Freedom Shezi secured the team prize.

There was only one contender in the women’s race — SA’s leading marathoner Tanith Maxwell, fully 10 minutes ahead of the next finisher.

Maxwell’s 55:24 run was her final tempo outing prior to heading for Berlin to compete in the fast and flat world record marathon course next weekend.

While Maxwell may be leading SA’s women over the marathon distance, a late change to selection procedures by the ASA office has resulted in her being disregarded in the selection for the World Half-marathon Championships in China in October.

Irvette Van Blerk heads the SA team announced last week. She will be joined Louisa Leballo, Thozama April, Zintle Xiniwe and Mpho Mabuza. The leading half-marathoner in the country, Rene Kalmer, is also left out of the side as she opted to focus on track events in the hope of making the Commonwealth Games team.

Sibusiso Nzima will spearhead the men’s team with Free Staters Boy Soke and Samuel Segoabe, plus Eastern Cape’s Lungisa Mdedelwa and Zolani Ntongana of Western Province.

SAPS Strider 15 km Results

Men: 1. Samuel Pazanga Mr P 48:29, 2. Richard Nene Mr P 48:32, 3. Gerald Mnetsi Glenwood H 48:50.

Women: 1. Tanith Maxwell Boxer 55:24, 2. N.Mbambo Natal Carb. 1:06:28, 3. Maureen Slack Glenwood 1:07:20.

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