Marathon: Planning pays off for Gatebe

2013-04-01 00:00

DAVID Gatebe’s victory in Saturday’s 44th Old Mutual Two Oceans 56 km marathon may have caught commentators and the majority of spectators by surprise, but it was the fulfillment of well thought out preparation by the sport and recreation officer from Impala Platinum mines.

As the race progressed the 31-year-old’s confidence grew. From the 21 km mark dreams and pre-planning started to become a reality.

As Gatebe topped out at Chapman’s he knew those hard, but specific sessions to replicate the drop into Hout Bay followed by the gruelling nine-kilometre climb up to Constantia, was playing out perfectly.

“It was something my coach, David Adams, and I had worked on with my training partners,” said the 2008 SA marathon champion. “I decided to focus on Two Oceans after finishing third in City to City last year,” continued Gatebe, who immediately acknowledge the role Adams and his training partners played in wining the R250 000 first prize.

Gadebe opened a victory-securing lead of two minutes over Kenyan Henry Kipsang, with only 10 km remaining. “I knew if I could maintain 3:15 per km I would win,” said Gatebe who motored up the final short, but telling, ascent to the UCT campus with an unusual rhythmical confidence to cross the line looking fresher than some of the top half marathoners.

His lead had been so effective that Western Province’s Mthandazo Qhina believed he had moved into the lead with only four kilometres remaining when he had whittled down the last of the chase group that had numbered eleven only five kilometres earlier on Rhodes Drive.

Qhina powered to the line to finish in 3:10:02.

Natalia Volgina, running in her fifth Two Ocean, unexpectedly repeated her 2002 victory, taking line honours in three hours, 38 minutes and 38 seconds.

The Nurgalieva twins never looked comfortable, with Olesya the first to drop off the pace before half way, and Elena looking, as one commentator noted, as though she was “running with square wheels” as the lead group climbed Chapman’s to the 32 km mark.

The lead group on Chapman’s included Volgina, Mamorallo Tjoka, Olympic marathoner Thabita Tsatsa and Russian Nina Podebesnova. While Volgina pulled away from the contenders, the more conservative starts from UK trail runner, Ellie Greenwood and multiple SA marathon champion Charne Bosman were paying off.

Greenwood’s progession took her to seventh, finishing one second behind Podebesnova, while the real surprise came from novice Bosman. Lying ninth at the bottom of the Nek, the 37-year-old charged through the field to finish third in 3:40:19.

“I’m ecstatic. I knew I was in form when I ran 74 minutes in the McCarthy half marathon this month,” said Bosman who had previously been on chronic medication for high cholesterol, poor bone density and restricted lung function.

Melanie van Rooyen of the Richards Bay club was the first KZN runner home in 13th position in 3:55:41, with Pietermaritzburg-based Kerry Koen, the first South African in Comrades last year, finishing in three hours, 57 minutes for a silver medal.

21km race:

Men: 1 Stephen Mokoka Transnet 1:03:36, Lusapho April Oxford striders 1:03:40, 3 Joel Mmone Nedbank CNW 1:03:45, 4 Gladwin Mzazi 1:03:59, 5 Desmond Mokgoba Maxed Elite 1:04:25

40-49 1 Graham Katzen Lion of Africa 1;12;36, Piet Mosebedi Transnet 1:14;26, 3 Shawn Abrahamse Lion of Africa 1;16:13

50-59 1 Roston Isaacs Nedbank 1:23:18, 2 Phil Court IND 1:23;26, 3 Julien Paul SANDF 1:24:41

60+ 1 Awie Veldsman Helderberg Harriers 1;26:20, 2 Clive Owen Edgemead 1:26;38, 3 John Woodnutt Morningside 1:36:51


1 Biru Meseret Mengistu ETH 1:12:43, 2 Rene Kalmer Nedbank 1:14:54, 3 Irvette van Blerk Nedbank 1:15;20, 4 Lavinia Haitope NAM 1:16:07, 5 Christine Kalmer Nedbank 1:17:06

40-49 1 Suzette Botha Eskom KZN 1:21:11, 2 Zola Pieterse IND 1:24:49, 3 Janene Carey Boxer 1:24:52.

50-59 Ana Luiza Garcez BRA 1:33:36, 2 Grace de Oliveira Boxer 1:35:01, 3 Olga Howard Celtic Harrier 1:36:04

60+ 1 Helen du Plessis Tygerberg 1:52:48, 2 Ria Donnoli Collegians Harriers 1:55:34, 3 Margaret Plantema Acsis VOB 1:58:03

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