Twins take the tape for place

2011-01-25 00:00

GOSI Tsosane and Lebogang Phalula staked their claims for a place in the teams for the African and World Cross-country championships by winning the South African Cross-country Trials in hot and humid conditions in Potchefstroom on Saturday.

Defending champion Stephen Mokoka, who recently debuted in the marathon, took the top 10 through the first of six two-kilometre laps in just over six minutes. A surge by Mokoka at halfway saw the cracks appearing with Tsosane the only one to look capable of a challenge.

Tsosane matched him stride for stride, but Mokoka had a meager one second advantage at the tape, which he broke in 37min:57sec.

As usual it was the Phalula twins, Lebo and Lebogang, who set the initial pace in the women’s eight-kilometre race, 15 seconds ahead of Annerien van Schalkwyk, who reeled in Lebo on the final lap to close in on Lebogang. Van Schalkwyk, who has grown in strength and confidence since her 2:35 in Singapore, failed to win the dip to the tape, giving Lebogang victory in 29:59.

Athletics South Africa confirmed they would announce the squads during the course of the week for the African Cross-country Championships in Cape Town on March 6 and the World Cross-country Championships in Punta Umbria, Spain, on March 19.

Prodigal Khumalo was the clear victor in the Kearsney Striders Dunlop Tyre half-marathon in Botha’s Hill on Sunday. The Durban shoe salesman opened almost a kilometre over fellow Zimbabwean Munyaradzi Jari, who runs for the Bluff Meats Formula One club.

Bluff Meats Formula One won the first-team prize with Joseph Mandizha completing the trio in 1:18:53.

Loveness Madziva continues to make her mark on the local scene and this time secured victory in the women’s race, leaving the experienced Danielle Adlam adrift by over 250 metres to cross the line in one hour 29 minutes and 50 seconds. The talented junior was the only woman to beat the 90 minute barrier which is a useful performance on the tough course.

Samuel Pazanga’s 37:43 winning time was clear indication of the difficulty of the course, with Vusi Cele listed in second in 38:59. Peseltso Dladla of the Boxer club outran Collegians’ Kirsten Williams for first place in 48min:3sec.

Kearsney Striders 21km:

Male: 1 Prodigal Khumalo Mr P 1:11,05, 2 Munyaradzi Jari, Bluff Meat F1 1:14:26, 3 Samson Tenai Bluff Meat F1 1:14:41

Junior: Troy Meaker 2:02:20

35-39: 1st-Joseph Mandizha, Bluff Meats, 1:18:53, 2 Thembinkozi Gumede Boxer 1:20:23, 3 Isaac Sithole Mpumalanga 1:25:46

40-49: 1 Willie Majombozi Boxer 1:26:37, 2 Herbert Toyota 1:27:28, 3 Cliff Robertse West 1:33:20

50-59: 1 Andy Daly West 1:36:28, 2 Bongani Ndlovu Zabalaza 1:39,26

60+: John Morrison Saints 1:52:42

Team: Bluff Meats (M. Jari, S. Tenai, J. Mandizha.)

Ladies: 1 Loveness Madziva Ned 1:29:50, 2 Danielle Adlam Boxer 1:30:42, 3 Sarah Gray CollegiansH 1:38:41

Junior: Loveness Madziva Ned 1:29,50

35-39: Wendy Morgan, Chiltern 1:44:46, 2 Kathy Perry Forest Hills 1:49:52, 3 Meggen Mackenzie Collegians 1:50:08

40-49: 1 Karen Fisher West 1:54:04, 2 Tammy Dennill West 1:54:05, 3 Michelle Williams West 1:55:05

50-59: 1 Linsay Watkens West 1:57:29, 2 Maria Wareing RWFL 1:57:29

60+: Patricia Crawley Sani 2:09:28

Teams: Collegians (S. Gray, W. Durow & K. Scott.)

16km Walk:

Men: 1 Professor Cele Toti 1:43:19, 2 Oxley Africa Boxer 1:43:43, 3 Eugene Johannes Sydenham1:51:27

Team: Highway

Ladies: 1 Sylvia Law Stella 2:01:57, 2 Khethiwe Memela Boxer 2:02:05, 3 Babongile Memela, Natal Carb 2:02:06

Team: Highway

10km Run:

Male: 1 Samuel Pazanga Mr P 37:43, 2 Vusi Cele Mr P 38:59, 3 Sthabiso Mkhize HV 39:00

Junior: 1 Sthabiso Mkhize, HV 39:00, 2 Nkosinadhi Dlamini HV 41:15, 3 Mthakosisi Ngcobo Toti 45:17

Team: HV

Junior Team: HV

Ladies: 1 Puseltso Dladla Boxer 48:03, 2 Kirsten Williams CH 49:34, 3 Paula Walker 57:41.

Junior: 1 Paula Walker 57: 41, 2 Geena Mechanicos 58:43, 3 Catherine Nortje 1:11:21

Team: Westville

SA Cross Country Trials Potchefstroom

Senior men (12km): 1 Kgosi Tsotsane 37:57, 2 Steven Mokoka 37:58, 3 Lungiswa Mdedlewa 38:02, 4 Boy Soke 38:06, 5 Xolisa Tyali 38:29

Senior women (8km): 1 Lebogang Phalula 29:59, 2 Annarien Van Schalkwyk 30:00, 3 Lebo Phalula 30:04, 4 Mapaseka Makhanya 30:12, 5 Tebogo Masehla 30:44

Junior men (8km): 1 William Kaptein 26:05, 2 Merline Klaaste 26:28,v 3 Jermoy Andreas 26:29, 4 Luyanda Qolol 26:35, 5 Luxolo Mdzanga 26:45

Junior women (6km): 1 Letitia Saayman 23:28, 2 Caroline Marandela 23:35, 3 Thato Makhafola 23:40, 4 Sylvia Tshetlanyane 23:50, 5 Thandeka Manzana

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