International athletics reaching a peak as national athletics remains uncertain

2013-07-17 00:00

THE international athletics season is reaching a peak, with the World Student Games and youth championships having been held over the past couple of weeks.

Helene Swanepoel won gold in the 400 m hurdles (58,08) in Donetsk, Ukraine, in the youth championships, while Anaso Jobodwana became the first person to win the sprint double at the student games since 1975.

Jobodwana’s victory in the 100 m equalled his personal best of 10,10 seconds, just four-hundredths of a second outside of the SA record shared by Johan Rossouw and Simon Magakwe. He followed this with gold in the 200 m, recording exactly 20,00, which would have been a new SA record by 0,11 seconds had the following wind not exceeded the limit.

Maryke Oberholzer’s 54,09 m discus throw was good for bronze behind Vera Ganeeva’s 61,26 m.

Stephen Mokoka won gold in the 10 000 metres, before winning silver in the half marathon, where fellow South African Gladwin Mzazi edged him out in the sprint. Xolisane Zamkele was seventh in 1:05,38, giving the trio the team gold medal and taking the team medal count to 11.

On the European circuit in Madrid, Cornel Fredericks (49,40) and L.J. van Zyl (49,46) finished fourth and fifth in the 400 m hurdles behind Justin Gaymon, who clocked 48,69 seconds, while SA long-jump champion Zak Visser’s 7,91 m leap was good for third. Visser beat SA stalwart Khotso Mokoena at the SA Championships in April with an 8,3 m mark, but has failed to reach this form on a consistent basis.

Olympic marathoners Lusapho April and Tanith Maxwell won the Supa-Mama Savages 21 km race on Durban’s beachfront , as the final build-up to next month’s World Marathon Championships in Moscow, but a lack of information has left these elite athletes unsure of what lies ahead.

The recent cancellation of the SA 21 km Championships in Witbank prompted April, and his coach Karen Zimmerman, to make the trip up from East London to compete over the flat two-lap Savages course.

His hope had been to dip under 62 minutes, but a very fast early pace into a moderate breeze put paid to those plans. The Border athlete was dominant, taking the line honours, leaving Samuel Pazanga and Sithembile Faneko to duel for second and third over one minute adrift.

April is currently South Africa’s best marathon athlete, with the fastest time since Hendrick Ramala’s London time in 2009.

With the World Championships only four weeks away, the uncertainty surrounding team arrangements remains, although the selection announcement is expected next week.

The SA 21 km championships scheduled for Witbank have been cancelled, but it is hoped that a replacement date will be offered later in the year.

Locally, the Vryheid Meatmasters Game Park run has been postponed to August 24. Pat O’Reilly has more details on that at 082 873 0992.

This leaves the Totalsports Ladies Race as the biggest local event of the weekend.

The five-kilometre and 10 km distances start at 8 am from Masabalala Yengwa (NMR) Avenue, with Berea Rovers club house in Jacko Jackson the race headquarters.

Registration will be on Friday and Saturday, and it is recommended that runners approach the race from Goble Road to get parking.

This is a fast and flat beachfront route using the new promenade. More information is available from KZNA at 031 312 9374.

The only other event listed is a five-kilometre and 10 km race and walk in Richards Bay on Saturday. Julian Joseph has more at 084 627 1562.


Savages 21,1 km

Men: 1 Lusapho April Oxford Striders 1:05,35, 2 Samuel Pazanga Maxed Elite 1:06,44, 3 Sithembile Faneko Boxer 1:06,47.

35-39 Julius Tenai IND 1:09,47.

40-49 Joseph Mandizha Formula Bluff Meats 1:16,10.

50-59 Peter Sehloho Boxer 1:16,52.

60+ Mbhekiseni Mchunu Kwamashu AC 1:36,23.

Junior Siyabonga Mkhize Inanda Qadi 1:18,40.

Women: 1 Tanith Maxwell Boxer 1:18,01, 2 Cary-Ann Smith Nedbank 1:21,00, 3 Lineo Chaka Nedbank 1:21,01.

35-39 Tanith Maxwell Boxer 1:18,01.

40-49 Janene Carey Boxer 1:23,31.

50-59 Jenny Scott Dolphin Coast Striders 1:46,15.

60+ Lynda Bell Queensburgh 2:11,19.

Savages 10 km

Men: 1 Poloko Latela Nedbank 31:36, 2 Sakhile Mthembu Phatakahle 32:05, 3 Tebogo Khanye Savages 33:33.

Women: 1 Nomcebo Mthethwa uMhlathuze 38:27, 2 Sarah King Nedbank 40:08, 3 Chenai Hangare Phantane 41:05.

Junior: Caylee Ellero Bluff 41:40.

Walk men: 1 Professor Cele Maxed Elite 51:24, 2 Sakhile Manguzela IND 54:43, 3 Sthembo Zikhali Woodview 57:52

Women: 1 Babongile Memela Natal Carbineers 1:00,30, 2 Brenda Olivier QHB 1:12’02, 3 Antoinette Gibbs Highway 1:13,15.

Itshelejua Half Marathon

Men: 1. Elmore Sibanda (Zimbabwe) 1:07,27, 2. Thobani Chagwe (Boxer) 1:08,38, 3. Munyaradzi Jali (Toyota) 1:09,38, 4. Bongani Msimango (Phuma KZN) 1:10,29, 5. Sphamandla Nyembe (Klipriver) 1:11,02.

Women: 1. Peres Jephcirchir (Maxed Elite) 1:19,11, 2. Slindile Chile (Chesterville Spar) 1:27,36, 3. Xoli Madida (Natal Carb) 1:37,38, 4. Ntombizethu Mnyandu (NRB) 1:46, 5. Xolisile Madida (Newcastle) 1:48,42.

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