Stephen Mokoka triumphs in Bestmed Tuks Race

2014-02-15 12:51

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South African Olympian Stephen Mokoka cruised to victory, hitting the stride from start to finish in the 10km Bestmed Tuks Race in Pretoria this morning.

Rutendo Nyahora bagged her hat-trick in the women’s category.

Mokoka, a record holder in the 21km of the annual race with 64:35, came home in 30 minutes in a race that marked his second win of the 10km he first won in 2011.

Zimbabwean-born Nyahora snatched the title in 34:30 ahead of defending champion Lebo Phalula, who came second.

Mokoka’s finishing time was slower than the winning times of the last two years clocked by his training partner Gladwin Mzazi (29:18 in 2012) and Kgosi Tsosane (29:16 last year).

The race was a perfect platform for renowned distance coach Michael Seme to prepare his charges Mokoka and Mzazi for the SA 10km Championships in Bloemfontein next weekend.

Seme’s initial plan was to pit Mokoka and World Student Games 21km champ Mzazi at the Tuks race that was run on a different course today.

But Mzazi suffered a muscle spasm on the eve of the race. He is however confident that he will be fit for the Bloemfontein national 10km champs.

In the other open events, Desmond Mokgobu (65:28) and Thabita Tsatsa won their respective categories in the 21km contest.

Zola Pieterse, who shot to fame as Zola Budd in the 1980s, was placed second behind Tsatsa.

National 20km walking champion Lebogang Shange (42:35) made a successful defence of his 10km title while Wayne Snyman (98:25) took the 21km walk event.

Overall it was a beautiful day of road running with more than 10 000 athletes lining up in various races that included the 5km and the 1km fun run.

Deputy Sports Minister Gert Oosthuizen was among the guests, who turned out at the event that started and finished at the Tuks Stadium in the premises of the University of Pretoria.

SA Olympians, 800m star Caster Semenya and 400m hurdler LJ van Zyl were among a host of celebrities who lent support to fulfil the race’s aim to raise money for Cancer Association of South Africa.

Results at a glance:



Desmond Mokgobu 65:28

Kgosi Tsosane 66:14

Precious Mashele 67:21


Stephen Mokoka 30:06

Benedict Moeng 30:23

Sikhumbuzo Seme 30:28



Thabita Tsatsa 82:55

Zola Pieterse 87:56

Prudence Zwane 88:40


Rutendo Nyahora 34:30

Lebo Phalula 35:12

Myrette Filmater 35:20

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