Half-marathon: SA athletes dominate in Swaziland

2011-10-13 00:00

SOUTH Africans won the Southern Region Half-marathon held in Swaziland at the weekend, with Xolisa Tyali taking honours and KZN’s Siyabonga Nkonde second, only 48 seconds adrift, beating Jeffrey Gwebu, who closed the men’s team for gold medals.

The ladies’ race was won by Beata Naigambo, with Cape-based Zintle Xiniwe second, leading the South African team to gold.

The 51-year-old Sandra Steenkamp reduced the South African 50 km record to 5:17:55 in the SA Race Walking Championships.

Shamefully, KZN were unable to send a team to the championships, which took place at the Youngsfield Military Base in Cape Town, as there were no funds available for a team.

Provincial athletics is still reeling from the fraud that has depleted the coffers.

The only KZN walkers to make the trip were those masters who could afford to pay their own way.

Ingrid Bolt provided the best performance of the KZN masters who could afford to compete in Cape Town, completing the 10 km walk as a 65-year-old and setting a new provincial record.

Bolt finished second in the category behind Annetjie Greyvenstein. Elizabeth Howard-Davies was fifth and last in the same category.

Sharon Fuchs was second in the 45-49 age group, Antoinette Gibbs second in the 50-59, with Cecily Fraser and Liz Boschoff taking sixth and eighth in the same age group.

Jodi Pastorino was the only walker in the 75-79 grouping.

Russian Liliya Shobukhova (33) became the 12th and oldest woman to break the magical two-hour 20-minute barrier when she won the Chicago Marathon in 2:18:20. This is the third time the record has been broken this year — a feat that last happened in 2003.

Although coming off an injury, Moses Mosop won the men’s race, setting a new course record of 2:05:37, ahead of Wesley Korir and Bernard Kipyego with 2:06:15, and 2:06:29 respectively.

The Spar ladies’ Grand Prix was wrapped up at the weekend when Irvette van Blerk once again took the tape in the Johannesburg leg of series. Rutendo Nyahora was second.

Boxer’s Jenna Challenor was the first KZN runner home in 11th spot.

Ronel Thomas, who lives in Gauteng North and placed in the 35-39 age group, was running for Boxer club.

In something of a unique situation, the 40-49 and 50-59 age group results were scored in two sections to cater for Grace de Oliveira who crossed the 50-year dividing line during the series.

This saw De Oliveira win the first part of the series as a 40-49-year-old with her Boxer team-mate Maya Lawrie second. Zola Pieterse won the second half of the series in that age category.

De Oliveria then went on to dominate the 50-59 age group for the second half of the series to earn the balance of the R3 000 prize money.

There are no races in the province this weekend.

However, there is a wealth of activity amongst the clubs, who have inundated executive members with messasges demanding a council meeting with a vote of no confidence in the entire KZN Athletics executive.

The clubs are demanding a council meeting on November 19 and they are insisting on an independent chairperson for the meeting.

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10 km walk


1 L Mtobela UAC 51:53

2: J Vumase Canon RBAC 1:01:30

3: A Ximba 1:02:31


1: Y Irmscher UAC 54:01

2: T Muller CANON RBAC 1:06:08

3: A Schoeman ZMSC - 1:06:30

15 Km Run


1: M Paradza Mr Price 49:58

2: V Ngubelanga Bonitas 50:08

3 S Mkhonza Mtuba AC 50:24

Ladies :

1 L Madzna Phumanathi 59:5

2: W MINISI Toyota 1:01:52

3: N Mththewa UAC 1:03:58

Spar Ladies Johannesburg:

Seniors: 1 Irvette van Blerk (Nedbank CGA) 34:22, 2 Rutendo Nyahora (Nedbank AGN) 35:20, 3 Diana-Lebo Phalula (Gauteng Striders) 35:38.

Grand Prix Club rankings:

1. Nedbank CGA 221

2. Boxer 113

3. Nedbank WP 104

4. Gauteng Striders 100

4. Mr. Price AGN 100

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