Fadane wins annual Powerade Sardine half-marathon, while 2004 Olympic 800?m silver medallist Mulaudzi announces his retirement

2013-06-26 00:00

THE 2004 Olympic 800 m silver medallist Mbulaeni Mulaudzi announced his retirement this past week.

The Vaal Triangle athlete was the Commonwealth champion in 2002, world champion in 2009, world indoor champion in 2004, and the silver medallist in both 2006 and 2009.

Mulaudzi ran sub one minute, 45 seconds for the two-lapper for 10 seasons with a personal best of 1:42,89 set in 2003. This great servant and inspiration of South African athletics is taking employment in construction and building development.

Mfunekho Fadane won the annual Powerade Sardine half-marathon, running shoulder to shoulder across the line with Michael Mzobe in one hour, eight minutes, 12 seconds.

The Lusikisiki runner was given the nod by the line judges with Aphelele Fanekho a distant third in 73:28.

Nonsekelo Mbambo headed a relatively weak women’s field to take the honours in one hour, 36 minutes, 11 seconds, over 600 m clear of Boxer’s Zovuyo Npathawa, who had 16 seconds in hand over Laura Kemp, third in 1:39:51.

Cornelia Joubert joined the ranks of the sub two hour, 40 minute marathon club and put herself in-line for a place to the World Marathon Championships in Moscow when she won the Orange International Mauritius Marathon in two hours, 39 minutes and 37 seconds.

With only the SA Marathon Championship, which she won in 2:46:13, under her belt, she has now scaled the all-time SA rankings to 18th place, and could easily set her sights on Rio in 2016. The big question now will be to see if the ASA selectors feel she has sufficient time to recover and re-build to join KZN’s Tanith Maxwell and Irvette van Zyl in Moscow.

Rene Kalmer, who is currently SA’s fastest marathoner, has withdrawn from Moscow as a result of a long-term soleus injury, leaving a third place wide open.

Mpho Mabuza was third in Mauritius in 2:48:22, with another South African, Anthony Godongwana, third in the men’s race in 2:20:55.

This weekend, the Nashua Richards Bay club are hosts to the KZN half marathon championships over a flat fast course commencing from Bay Hall on Sunday (7 am).

On Saturday, Julian Joseph and the KZN walk committee will be hosting a 10 km and 5 km race walk competition in Pietermaritzburg. More details from Julian on 084 627 1562.

The Sardine half-marathon 21,1 km results

Open Men: 1. Mfunekho Fadane 1:08:12

2. Michael Mzobe 1:08:12

3. Aphelele Fanekho 1:13:28

Women: 1. Nonsekelo Mbambo 1:36:11

2. Zovuyo Npathawa 1:39:35

3. Laura Kemp 1:39:51

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