Mokoka trips and falls as Mohale beats the best to win SA 10 km race

2011-05-24 00:00

LUCKY Mohale caused an upset by out-running the favoured Stephen Mokoka and the best of South Africa’s middle distance athletes to win Sunday’s SA 10 km Championships in Germiston.

In cool conditions the Central Gauteng athlete opened a 12-second lead in the first three kilometres, which he achieved in 8 minutes 29 seconds.

Because of a downhill section a massive bunch of 30 athletes followed in his wake, but the flatter surface saw this drop to 12 by five kilometres. More fell by the wayside on the gradual climb back uphill.

Mokoka tripped and fell to the ground at about the 6,5 km mark, but was able to get back into the fray and reduced Mohale’s lead to two seconds. However, a final kick from the 25-year-old took him over the line in exactly 29 minutes with under 30 m to spare.

Mokoka was second in 29:16 with Kgosi Tsosane rounding out the podium (29:20).

Mohale — fourth at last year’s 10 km championships — had planned to attack from the start and the tactic was clearly a good one. “This is how I race,” he said. “I always attack.” Last year he ran 2:10:35 in his debut marathon in Casablanca, where he finished fifth.

“From now my focus is on the National Half-marathon Championships in July. I am the defending champion so I need to do well.”

The Phalula twins led the ladies’ race, but by two kilometres Irvette van Blerk had got into her stride and powered ahead.

“I thought they would catch me on the hill (after five kilometres), so I just kept my head down and pushed.”

In the end she needn’t have worried too much as she won by almost a minute.

Van Blerk crossed the line in 34:03 with Lebo Phalula clocking 35:01 and sister Lebogang 35:07.

Maya Lawrie brought back the only medal for the province, winning gold in the 40-49 age group in a time of 39 minutes 24 seconds, holding off perennial challenger Tessa Burrell, who was 15 seconds adrift at the tape in 39 minutes 39 seconds. The remaining provincial results were rather disappointing, although it must be borne in mind that the athletes were significantly disadvantaged by the race being held at altitude.

The East Coast Radio Big Walk in Durban took over as the largest mass event in the province with over 19 000 participants shared between the five kilometre, 10 km, 15 km and 20 km distances.

The 20 km event was the only one where technical officials adjudicated the competitors’ walking style.

This race saw Mr Price’s Garikai Madawo outstrip Sibusiso Mbhele on the challenging beachfront and Durban North course.

The times were quite impressive given the hills that participants had to tackle. Walkers went out towards Virginia and back, with Madawo clocking one hour 54 minutes 34 seconds to Mbhele’s 1:55:13.

Bluff’s Basil Kok secured the third place and led the 50-59 age group home in 1:57:18, the only other walker to break the two hour barrier.

Ann McKenzie dominated the ladies’ race, taking the line honours in 2:07:02, with over a kilometre lead on Eskom’s Maryna Gray. Riette Odendaal closed the podium awards in third place in 2:15:22 and was second in the 40-49 age group that Mckenzie had headed.


Men: 101:54:34 Garikai Madawo Mr Price AC; 201:55:13 Sibusiso Mbhele Eskom Gijimas; 301:57:18 Basil Kok Bluff AC50 — 59 (Master); 402:11:55 Lindokuhle Bhekuyise Tshambi Temp; 502:12:08 Kubendran Kista Naidoo Temp; 602:12:18 Alberto Battaglia Harlequins AC50 — 59 (Master); 702:15:16 Msizi Emmanuel Zungu Temp; 802:15:17 Sayed Sarkhoth Howick AC50 — 59 (Master); 902:17:40 Terence Giles Wings AC 40 — 49 (Veteran); 1002:17:53 Sifiso Staneley Nyembe Temp.

Women: 102:07:02 Ann Mckenzie Run Walk For Life 40 - 49 (Veteran); 202:13:00 Maryna Gray Eskom Gijimas; 302:15:22 Riette Odendaal Temp 40 — 49 (Veteran); 402:17:46 Danielle von Buddenbrock DHS Old Boys; 502:19:53 Lelani du Preez Temp; 602:23:02 Pamela Osborn New Balance Athletics North AC 70+ (Grand Grand Master); 702:24:00 Ingrid Bolt New Balance Athletics North AC60 - 69 (Grand Master).


Men: 1. Lucky Mohale CGA 29:00; 2. Steven Mokoka AGN 29:16; 3. Kgosi Tsosane AGN 29:20; 4. Xolisa Tyali CGA 29:22; 5. Richard Mavuso AGN 29:25.

Women: 1. Irvette van Blerk CGA 34:03; 2. Lebo Phalula CGA 35:01; 3. Lebogang Phalula CGA 35:07; 4. Louisa Leballo AGN 35:10; 5. Zintle Xiniwe WPA 35:38.

KZN finishers: 14th Siyabonga Nkonde 30:22; 26 Thubalethu Phaku 31:29; 65 Bonginkosi Zwane 32:35; 98 Adam Lipsenitz 34:07; 132 Jenna Challenor 36:53; 135 Eloi de Oliveira 37:14; 139 Cary-Ann Smith 37:25; 146 Pulseleto Dladla 38:17; 157 Andy Daly 38:57; 159 Makhosazana Mhlongo 39:00; 172 Grace de Oliveira 40:09; 175 Shani Silver 40:37; Sthablso Mhkize 40:55; 181 Ackhim Mhlanzi 41:15; 241 Xoli Madida 42:54; 272 Slindile Chili 44:27; 207 Petros Shumi 45:25.

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