Shange wins gold, secures place in Moscow world champs

2013-04-24 00:00

SOUTH African Lebogang Shange invested in his own future by paying his way to the African Race Walk Championships held in Mauritius, where he not only won gold, but also secured himself a place in the IAAF World Championships in Moscow in August.

The Randburg athlete has come through the ranks and managed to edge Tunisia’s Hassanine Sebei out of the top spot in one hour, 28 minutes and 38 seconds.

With only two seconds in hand, it was an encounter of the closest kind for the duo, but one that will see Shange and Olympian Marc Mundell representing the country in the 20 km and 50 km walks respectively.

Algerian Hichem Medjeber was third in 1:32:26.

While Irvette van Zyl was posting a person best of 2:31:26 in London to become the fastest South African woman marathoner this year, Sibusiso Nzima finished sixth overall in Hamburg to head the South African men’s listing in a time of 2:13:42.

Although debuting at the 42 km Nzima crashed through the IAAF World Championship mark of 2:17.

Long jumper Zak Visser, who is currently ranked number one in the world, was the victor ludorum at Monday night’s second Varsity challenge meeting at UJ Stadium in Johannesburg.

The talented SA Champion had a best of 8,19 metres on the third of four very consistent trails in the meeting which also saw KZN’s Justine Palframann take the Victrix ludorum for her 200 m performance.

The third and final Varsity challenge match will be held next Monday at the University of Pretoria track.

The Tuks team have won the first two events and look set for a grand slam at their home ground. (Supersport 5 live)

Bluff Meats Formula One runners typically come to the fore at this time of year as they gear up for their team assault on Comrades marathon.

The boys in red are commonly know to set the pace for the hot spots and to cause an upset among the lead group, and the recent increase in runners making the podium would seem to indicate 2013 will be no exception.

Peter Mavuza won the hilly and challenging Chatsworth 52 km ultra in an impressive three hours, 12 minutes and 52 seconds, leaving Nedbank’s Malusi Dlomo well adrift in second in 3:21:20, while the host club’s Sfiso Chili came in third in a time of 3:23:31.

After a couple of weeks break, Melanie van Rooyen was back on the ultra and marathon trail totally dominating the ladies race in three hours, 54 minutes and 44 seconds, the only lady to break the four hour mark.

Van Rooyen, who has had an impressive season to date and avoided the injuries that have tended to plague her in previous years, also took home the 35-39 category award.

Van Rooyen and Kerry Koen, the first SA woman in Comrades 2012, look set to clash in the battle for top South African in the 2013 edition, and it could well depend on who is freshest come race day.

Precious Duma of Chatsworth was the nearest competition for Van Rooyen, finishing a massive 30 minutes adrift, with Nicole McMurray third in 4:25:50.

The Kwasani Freedom Ultra scheduled for Saturday has been cancelled by the club, which leaves the Cavanagh ultra around Wagendrift dam as the penultimate Comrades qualifier for local runners.

The Cavanagh offers the choice of 52 km, 21 km and 10 km distances and starts from the Bushman’s Boating club at 6 am.

This is predominately a tarred surface although a 500 m section has been cut through the bus to allow runners the opportunity of running below the dam wall. Jenny Taylor has more details at 072 244 5611.

On Sunday there is the St Lucia 21 km hosted by Zululand Multisports club and covering a scenic two-lap course from the ski club.

This passes through the town and along side the water where hippos and a wide selection of birds normally serenade the runners.

Casper Kriel has more details on this event, which also has a single lap 10 km, at 035 753 3974.

AFRICAN 20KM RACE WALK CHAMPIONSHIPS MAURITIUS

Men’s results

1 Shange, Lebogang RSA 1:28:38

2 Sebei, Hassanine TUN 1:28:40

3 Medjeber, Hichem ALG 1:32:26

THE CHATSWORTH FREEDOM MARATHON 52KM

Men:

1.Peter MavuzaForm One A C 3:12:52

2.Malusi DlomoNedbank A C3:21:20

3.Sfiso ChiliChatsworth A C3:23:31

35 to 39:

1.Peter MavuzaForm One A C3:12:52

40 to 49:

1.Nocanda XolaniToti A C3:29:10

2.Philani MemelaMaxed Elite3:30:41

3Abdul MlanseShakaland3:34:45

Women:

1.Melanie van RooyenRichards Bay A C3:54:44

2.Precious DumaChatsworth A C4:24:10

3.Nicola Mc MurrayMntunzini A Crb4:25:50

35 to 39:

1.Melanie van RooyenRichards Bay3:54:44

40 to49:

1.Lungile NkediEscom A C5:15:13

2.Eunice NtuliNRB Harr5:17:22

3.Celiwe NzuzaScottburgh A C5:36:13

TEAM: NRB HARRIERS 25KM RUN:

Men :

1.Elmore SibandaMaxed Elite1:24:12

2.Victor NgubelangaMaxed Elite1:29:11

3.Nkosinathi NgubaneStella A C1:30:41

35 to 39: Victor NgubelangaMaxed Elite1:29:11

40 to 49: Michael NdlovuMafu A C1:38:32

Women:

1.Nomcembo MthethwaUmhlatuze A C1:48:51

2.Xoli MadidaNtl Carb1:58:20

3.Sibongile MpanzaBoxer A C1:59:39

35 to 39: Sibongile MpanzaBoxer A C1:59:39

40 to 49: Sandy de BeerSANDF2:10:39

Walk — Men 25km:

1.Themba QhangisoTongaat P2:12:22

2.Lindukuhle NtombelaUmhlatuze A C2:18:21

3.Professor CeleMaxed Elite2:22:42

Women:

1.Babongile MemelaNtl. Carb.2:46:10

2.Khethiwe MemelaBoxer A C3:02:00

3.Pamela CorbetH/way A C3:10:16

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