Record tumble at Tuks race

2011-02-19 09:57

Records tumbled in the running of this year’s Bestmed Tuks Race in Pretoria today, as some 10 200 participants took part in the four events.

Lesotho athlete Mamorolla Tjoka, set a new best mark as she won the women’s 21.1km race. She came home in a time of 1:14.25, shaving a full 2.56 off the previous record, to cap a sensational day of running.

She doubled her prize money of R5 000 for achieving a record time.

Tjoka beat one of the pre-race favourites, Irvette van Blerk (1:15.04) into second, while third place went to Onile Dintwe (1:20.59).

The men’s winner over 21.1km was 2009 South African cross-country champion Sibusiso Nzima, who came home in a time of 1:05.56, which was just 49 seconds off the record mark.

He was followed by Lucky Mohale (1:07.37) and Shadrack Hoff (1:08.24).

In the 10km men’s race Stephen Mokoka won in a record time of 29.32, beating the previous best mark by five seconds. He was followed to the finish by Frik Guys (30.34) and Luwis Masunda (31.04).

There was also a record time set in the women’s race, as Zimbabwean runner Rutendo Nyahora came home in a time of 35.02, beating the previous record by 37 seconds.

She cruised home in front of Cathryn Skosana (37.11) and Mpho Mabuza (37.32).

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