Kalmer runs her fastest half-marathon

2012-09-19 00:00

RENÉ Kalmer may have been sixth in the Great North Run in England at the weekend, but she used the downhill course to post her fastest half-marathon time in 70:13.

This places her 54th on this year’s world 21 km list. Tirunesh Dibaba won the race on her debut to the 21 km distance in 67:35, just six seconds and a few strides ahead of World Marathon champion Edna Kiplagat. Wilson Kipsang won the men’s race in 59:06.

Around the King’s Park precinct, Kenyan Kipkosgei Botok won the SAPS Striders’ half-marathon over a two-lap flat course in 1:04:28.

Only Boxer’s Siyabonga Nkonde could provide any serious competition.

Olympian Tanith Maxwell was unchallenged in the women’s race, where she posted a useful 1:16:10.

Regina Keoch finished second in 1:21:14, having opened a 120 metre lead over Comrades gold medallist Kerry Koen, who is making her way back to form after suffering a dog bite last month.

Sithombele Faneko recorded 30:32 for the associated 10 km distance.

The Boxer athlete was chased to the line by the vastly experienced Thubalethu Phaku and Julius Tenai in third.

Kenyan Isabella Jepchuma was the best of the women, taking the tape in 35:28 to Janene Carey’s 38:48.

Almost 1 000 runners entered across the two distances.

In the City of Choice, Sibonela Duma won Sunday’s Orion Save Supermarkets half- marathon around Raisethorpe in a useful 1:10:55, with local Comrades exponent Bongmusa Mthembu just off his shoulder. Phuma’s Menzi Ngcobo completed the podium in 72:56.

Eskom’s top woman athlete, Suzette Botha, was the only runner to break the 90-minute barrier in the women’s race, taking 1:28:22 seconds.

The big race this weekend is the eThekwini Township to Township, which starts from the King Zwelithini Stadium in Umlazi at 5.30 am.

Sihle Shange has more details at 073 4709842.

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