SA’s Diamond League hopes focus on Cronje in the 1?500?metres

2013-08-28 00:00

INTERNATIONAL athletics continued last week with action at the DN Galan Diamond League from Stockholm, where Khotso Mokoena leapt 8,06 metres for second place behind Russia’s Aleksandr Menkov, the world champion from Moscow, who reached out to 8,18 metres.

Eusebio Caceres was third on exactly eight metres.

The rise and fall of the sport was highlighted by Victor Hogan, who was unable to record any mark in the discus, having finished an excellent fifth in his debut to the world championships. Poland’s Piotr Malachowski won the Stockholm event with a 65,86-metre throw. Sunette Viljoen was sixth in the javelin at the same meet.

The Diamond League continues tomorrow at Zurich, where Johan Cronje, South Africa’s sole medallist from the World Championships, is expected to run the 1 500 metres. The final of the league is scheduled for Brussels on September 6.

• Sunday’s second Mandela Day Marathon proved to be a major success in the growth of the event, which attracted almost 4 000 runners across the three distances of the 4,664-kilometre VIP walk, 10-kilometre run and walk, and the focal 42,2-kilometre marathon.

Apart from the increase in runners, the support and encouragement along the route was superb, and it is this that will turn the event into one of the country’s major events.

Given the difficulty being experienced by the organisers of the Soweto Marathon to find sponsorship for the race, the Mandela Marathon could easily become a flagship event.

The standard of the running was also impressive and more akin to that displayed in the late eighties. Although the winning time was only 2:29 in total, 83 men broke the three-hour mark, with Peter Sehloho last under the barrier with 13 seconds to spare. Sehloho was first in the 50-59 age group.

For those who ran the race, the full results are available on www.mandelamarathon.co.za

• Ntombela Lindokhule won the KZN 30-kilometre walk championships held in Durban on Saturday, taking only two hours 40 minutes 43 seconds to gain the title ahead of Wiseman Hlongwa and Thembile Qhanqiso from Tongaat Panthers, who were three and 10 minutes adrift respectively.

Yvonne Irmscher continues to dominate the women’s walking, and had over three and a half minutes in hand over Natal Carbineers’ Babongile Memela when she crossed the line in 3:07,47.

Petro Hardwick of Richards Bay club closed the podium in a distant 3:39,38.

• With the cancellation for the Foskor 21-kilometres in Richards Bay, there is only one race on the local calendar this weekend, although many of the top women will be travelling up-country to compete in the penultimate Spar women’s 10 kilometres, which is being held in Supersport Park centurion on Saturday.

• In KZN on Saturday, the Hindu Society in conjunction with Verulam athletics host the KGB 10 kilometres, starting from Chris Saunders Park with the five kilometres at 3 pm and the 10 kilometres at 5 pm.

Entries are taken at the start from 9 am in the morning. More information is available at 031 572 7357.

KZN 30-km Walk Championships

Men

1 Ntombela Lindokuhle Umhlathuze 2:40,43.

2 Hlongwa Wiseman Umlazi Dev. A.C. 2:43,48.

3 Thembile Qhanqiso Tongaat Panthers 2:50,15.

Women

1 Yvone Irmscher Umhlathuze A 3:07,47.

2 Babongile Memela Natal Carbineers 3:11,22.

3 Petro Hardwick Richards Bay A 3:39,38.

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