KZN runners enjoy City to City

2008-09-11 00:00

KwaZulu-Natal athletes made a significant impression on the weekend’s Blue IQ City to City 50 kilometre race in Gauteng, which was won by Portipher Dombonjena, a member of Mr Price KZN, in two hours, 54 minutes and 15 seconds.

KZN’s Zimbabwean Hatiwande Nyamande made his move through the field finishing second less than 400 metres behind Dombonjena.

One of the faster finishers was Comrades stalwart Valdimar Kotov, who took a more conservative approach to the race, going through the marathon in 2:36:0 and then picking off many younger runners over the final section to finish 21st in 3:09:25. Kotov was not only first in the 50 to 59 category but finished only three seconds behind Morgan Sithole, the leader in the 40-49 age group.

Tessa Burrell (43) had a similar impact with her fast finish in the women’s race to place fifth overall. She was the first 40-49 athlete behind winner Saukeljso Mayo, another Zimbabwean registered with the KZN club, in 03:28:10

The stiffness of the course was highlighted in the men’s half-marathon times where Mehari Baraki took 68 minutes and 18 seconds for the distance less than 200 m ahead of KZN’s Elmore Sibanda running in the Boxer colours.

Only winner Sharon Tavengwa and Irvette van Blerk could get under the 80-minute barrier for the women’s race, with the Zimbabwean beating van Blerk by 10 seconds in 78:38.

City to City results:

Men 50 km: 1 Portipher Dombojena Mr Price KZN 2:54:15, 2 Hatiwande Nyamande Mr Price KZN 2:55:54, 3 Sipho Ncube Mr Price KZN 2:56:18

Women 50 km: 1 Saukeljso Mayo Mr Price 3:28:10, 2 Riana Van Nierkerk Mr Price 3:30:59, 3 Farwa Mentoor Bonitas 3:33:10

Men 21 km race: 1 Mehari Baraki 1:08:18, 2 Elmore Sibanda Boxer 1:08:39, 3 John Ngeny Bagwera 1:09:16

Women 21 km: 1 Sharon Tavengwa ZIM 1:18:38, 2 Irvette van Blerk IND 1:18:48, 3 Taemo Weldegebriel ADT 1.21.58

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