Two South Africans make it big in the World Indoor Championships in Turkey

2012-03-15 00:00

INTERNATIONALLY two of the South African trio in the World Indoor Championships in Instanbul, Turkey, made their way to the finals. Elroy Galent put in a powerful display in the 3 000-metre semi-final to make it through to Sunday’s high-profile final.

With world champion Mo Farah, American Bernard Lagat and Kenyan Augustine Chooge dicing it out up- front, Gelant was somewhat outclassed, but put a creditable performance together to finish 12th and last, but in a new national record of 7:48,64. Lagat came from behind to win in 7:41,42 while Farah was forced out of the mix when boxed in on the final bend.

Lehann Fourie, who spends much of his time competing in the United States, made his way through the heats and semi’s into the final, recorded 7.69 seconds for the 60-metre hurdles despite hitting every hurdle on the straight.

His time gave him seventh position in the race which was won by Aries Merritt in 7,44, ahead of Liu Xiang (7,49). The third South African, Burger­ Lamprecht, failed to make it through from the qualifying rounds of the shot put.

Tanith Maxwell continued her build-up for next month’s Rotterdam Marathon with victory in the Constantia­ 15 km in Cape Town on Saturday.

Locally, club attention has been brought to focus on the up-coming AGM of KZN Athletics on April 21. Members are reminded that nominations for the executive and commissions must be submitted by March 20.

The same date applies for any motions or changes in constitution required by clubs and members.

Club chairpeople are requested to get in touch with Kevin Bradfield. The chair of the intervention committee – with regards to an update on the fraud and corruption charges affecting the running of athletics in the province. Bradfield can be reached at info@sav ages.co.za

The positions up for election are:

• 10.1 The KZNA executive board:

president

vice-president

chairpeople of the KZNA cross-country, road running, athletes and track and field commissions

Four additional members

• 10.2 The KZNA Cross-country Commission

vice-chairperson

secretary

six additional members

• 10.3 The KZNA Road Running Commission

vice-chairperson

secretary

six additional members

• 10.4 The KZNA Track and Field Commission

vice-chairperson

secretary

six additional members

• 10.5 The KZNA Athletes Commission

vice-chairperson

secretary

additional members.

Mr Price’s Hlomayi Macheza won the Verulam GateRite Challenge Marathon­ ahead of Nedbank’s Senzo Miya who had Collegians Harriers Muzi Madikwa in pursuit.

Westville’s Lauren Calenborne, who on Friday night combined with Vanessa Zimmerman to win the women­’s­ Parlauf cross-country at Westville, showed her prowess at the marathon­ distance taking the tape and the 35 to 39-age group prize.

Carbineers victrix ludorum Nonsikelele Mbamba was runner-up, close to 10 minutes adrift with Iris Ndlovu­ completing the podium.

The nature of the four courses meant that times were never going to be fast and the 32,36 victory for Professor Mollen in the 10 km is indicative of the taxing nature of the roads in and around Verulam.

Tannah Storm Cleak took the women­’s title in a disappointing 45,09 with Shepard Chitake and Janene Carey taking the half-martahon titles. Carey’s performance, which gained her the 40-49 category title, was arguably­ the best run on the day.

In northern KZN, Gazu Thokozani won the Vryheid 50 km leaving all contenders over 20 minutes adrift while Vicci Vivier of the host club Vryheid took the women’s award and the 40-49 age-group title.

Looking forward nationally this weekend there is the Old Mutual Om Die Dam 50 km, which is registered with the IAU as a bronze medal event and has provided some of the fastest 50 km in the world in previous years.

Locally, the Senior and Masters Track and Field Championships are being held at Kings Park Stadium tomorrow and on Saturday. Entries for the competition have already closed, but the office has details of the final programme.

Stella host their Innov8 25 km and 10 km races on Sunday from their Helen Jospeph Road clubhouse at 5 am. This is a relatively tough two-lap course around Umbilo and Glenwood. The associated 10 km race commences 30 minutes later and covers a faster single-lap route.

Cecil Sher has more information at 083 566 3333.

There will be considerable prize money on offer at the Zululand District Ultra-marathon 56 km on Sunday. The 56 km race commences from Kwagqikazi at 6 am with the 10 km from Ulundi Stadium coming under the starter’s orders at 7 am.

Nongoma Athletics Club are hosts of the event and Manqele has more details at 083 432 9566.

Clubs are reminded that applications for hosting road races in 2013 close on March 23.

All application forms and payments must be submitted to the office by this date and must satisfy the stated criteria. For more information, phone 031 312 9374.

RESULTS

Parlauf Cross-country – Westville March 9:

WOMEN’S SIX KILOMETRE:

1 Vanessa Zimmerman/Lauren Calenborne 23:34, 2 Teneal Featherby/Lise Muchna 23:42, 3 Margaret Scharein/Taryn Ford 25:05

MEN’S EIGHT KILOMETRE:

1 Claude Eksteen/Donovan van Gelder 26:45, 2 Muzi Madikwa/James Wewege 26:52, 3 Derek Wasserfall/Jonathon Edwards 27:37

MIXED EIGHT KILOMETRE:

1 Kelvin Borland/Tracy Ibbetson 32:37, 2 Robin Cockbain/Ursula Cockbain 32:48, 3 Ross Mckechnie/Shelley Frankish 34:49

THE GATERITE HYPER 4 IN ONE:

MEN’S 10 KILOMETRE

1. Professor Mollen Mr Price A C 32:36

2. Thobiso Ngalowkulu Chatsworth A C 33:48

3. Thobile Ngcwangule Savages 34:36

WOMEN’S 10 KILOMETRE:

1. Tannah Storm Cleak Stella 45:09

2. Hleziphi Ncaniyana Nedbank A C 46:12

3. Aphiwe Mzobe Ind 47:25

MEN’S 21,1 KILOMETRE:

1. Shepard Chitake Mr Price A C 1:14:33

2. Justice Thutu Escom Gij 1:15:38

3. Thembelani Malaude Nedbank 1:17:16

WOMEN’S 21,1 KILOMETRE:

1. Janene Carey Boxer A C 1:22,52

2. Fikelile Mbuthuwa Nedbank A C 1:32,19

3. Precious Duma Chatsworth A C 1:39,57

GATERITE 42,2 KILOMETRE MARATHON:

OPEN MEN:

1. Hlomayi Macheza Mr Price A C 2:33,30

2. Senzo Miya Nedbank A C 2:37,43

3. Muzi Madikwa Coll Harr 2:38,43

OPEN WOMEN:

1. Lauren Calenborne West A C 3:26,43

2. Nonsikelelo Mbatha Ntl Carb 3:36,17

3. Iris Ndlovu RBS Harr 3:38,05.

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