Athletics: Pay day for Grace de Oliveira

2009-08-12 00:00

GRACE de Oliveira celebrated Women’s Day in style with a resounding win in Sunday’s Absa Chatsworth Women in Action 10 kilometres.

It was local junior Bongekile Hlongwane and Eskom’s Ntokoza Mkhize who led the field out on the initial lap of the central shopping district with De Oliveira taking a more conservative approach, gradually moving through the field. The steep hills and heat of the twisting course saw the pace drop dramatically, but the strong-running De Oliveira took the lead before going through halfway with Hlongwane having already broken free of Mkhize after the initial three kilometres.

De Oliveira was over two minutes slower than her recent Spar Ladies’ race to take the tape in 41 minutes 13 seconds, 55 seconds clear of the Chatsworth junior, who with better pacing could make substantial improvement in her performances. Encouragingly for the province, it was Ntokozo Mkhize who finished third. Given the correct guidance, these two juniors have the potential to make a significant impression on podiums in coming years.

Iris Ndlovu’s late charge gave the Boxer club a second finisher and she was quickly followed by Maria Mthembu and Hlengiwe Buthelezi in fifth and sixth position. However, it was 11th-placed Mary Mwelase who closed the team award as the fifth scorer. With the team prize, the open win worth R2 000 and the 40 to 49 category victory, it was a pay day of note for De Oliveira, who will be happy that the biggest attraction on the day seemed to be with the associated five-kilometre fun run.

Sandile Lembethe’s final downhill charge into the Verulam Recreation Ground saw him secure the honours in the Gaterite half-marathon ahead of Mandaw Karikai. Lembethe recorded a time of one hour 14:14 for the tough course from Verulam towards Umdloti and is a good indicator of the difficulty of the course. Karikai surrendered a 130-metre lead to finish second in 74:39, with Eric Ngubane closing the podium just less than two minutes adrift.

Durban High School Old Boy’s Marianne Niewoudt was a clear winner in the women’s race in 1:32,45, with Sibongile Mpanza her closest rival over 500 metres off the pace, and a distant Nonsikelelo Mbambo from Run Walk for Life taking third.

Sipho Ngxongo made a return to short-distance racing, but succumbed to his fleet-footed club colleague Simon Tswanyane who won the 10 km in 32:53. Sibisiso Madikizela, a junior from Umlazi but running for the Savages club, took a disappointing 35:32, which is over four minutes slower than the time he recorded in the KZN 10 km championships earlier in the year.

Toyota’s Ntombi Nkwie won the ladies 10 kilometres ahead of Hleziphi Ncayiyane in a time of 45:09.

Liz Ruickbie secured the eighth and final gold medal of the South African 21 medal haul at the World Masters Athletics Championships on Saturday when she won the 60 to 65 age marathon category in 3:32,45.

Johannesburg-based Ruickbie was exactly 10 minutes clear of Germany’s Helga Napierski, with Pirio Kurppa of Finland third in 3:44,14.

Ruickbie’s team-mate and rival on the local scene, Elaine Greenblatt, failed to finish, but Gloudina Spies placed sixth (3:53,59) in the 55 to 59 age group which was won by Hellivi Mankki in 3:20,47. The 1992 Comrades winner, Frances van Blerk, finished just outside the top 20 in the 50-54 category in 4:05,19.

Over the past week, the South African Masters team amassed eight gold, six silver and seven bronze medals from the championships in Lahti, Finland.



Absa Chatsworth Women’s Dday 10 km

1. Grace de Oliveira Boxer 41:13; 2. Bongekile Hlongwane Chats 42:08; 3. Ntokozo Mkhize Eskom 44:27; 4. Iris Ndlovu Boxer 44:29; 5. Maria Mthembu Boxer 45:44; 6. Hlengiwe Buthelezi Boxer 46:34.

35 to 39: 1. Maria Mthembu Boxer 45:44; 2. Gertrude Sobiso Chats 61:42.

40 to 49: 1. Grace de Oliveira Boxer 41:13; 2. Mary Mwelase Boxer 49:33; 3. Sharon Williams Sunsh 52:25.

50 to 59: 1 Sheree Kirsten PDAC 51:22; 2. Zanele Nduli West 59:03; 3. Latha Singh Chats 64:00.

60+ Gill Tregenna west 55:02; 2. Ivy Lottering Wings 70:59; 3. Selvie Chetty Chats 72:37.

Junior: 1. Bongekile Hlongwane Chats 42:08; 2. Ntokoza Mkhize Eskom 44:27; 3. Phumile Mlambo Ind 52:14; 4. Samantha Andreas MrP 59;46 Team Boxer.

Walkers: 1. Khethiwe Memela Boxer 66:50; 2. Philpha Chidzwa Boxer 67:39; 3. Margaret Botes Eskom 67:56.




Men: 1. Sandile Lemberthe Mr P 74:14; 2. Mandaw Karikai Boxer 74:39; 3. Eric Ngubane Ned 76:01.

35 to 39: Stanley Makhamba Ned 76:44.

40 to 49: Peter Sehloho Boxer 78:01.

50 to 59: Jerimiah Ngwenya Boxer 83:19.

60+: Ted Liddidtt Stella 1:57,01.

Women: 1. Marianne Niewoudt DHS OB 92:45; 2. Sibongile Mpanza Boxer 94:33; 3. Nonsikelelo Mbambo RWFL 99:45.

35 to 39: Sibongile Ziqubu RWFL 1:42,29.

40 to 49: Maureen Slack Glenwood Harr 98:12.

50 to 59: Marianne Toefy Stella 2:21,58.

60+: Issy Hobbs West 2:53,20.

10 km run

Men: 1. Simon Tswanyane Ned 32:53; 2. Sipho Ngxongo Ned 33:12; 3. Sibisiso Madikizela Sav 35:32.

Women: 1. Ntombi Nkwie Toyota 45:09; 2. Hleziphi Ncayiyane Ned 45:59; 3. Nana Sigabudu Boxer 46:31.

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