Province’s athletes improve medals tally

2011-04-12 00:00

LOCAL athletes came away with five medals from the SA Yellow Pages Senior Championships, which without question was the best track and field meeting for at least three years.

Not only did the event run close to the programme timing, but there were a number of key and exciting competitions to keep the large crowd entertained, particularly on Sunday.

Veronica Abrahamse produced KZN’s only gold medal, and gave locals something to cheer about on day one, taking the shot put title with a 15,19 metre effort, which put her well clear of Sonia Smuts (14 m) of Gauteng North and Nanette Stapelberg of Central North West.

Justine Plaframan’s win in Saturday’s 400 m heats in 54,92 seconds set the foundation for a third-place finish in Sunday afternoon’s final.

The youngster, who earned silver at the SA Juniors in Germiston, clocked 53,35 seconds behind Namibian Tjipekapora Herunga (52,70) and Rorisang Ramonnye (53,28).

With the Namibian discounted from the national championships, the 17-year-old added a much-needed silver medal to the KZN tally.

In spite of virtually ideal conditions, Elizna Naude continued to struggle to reach the IAAF discus qualifying mark of 62 metres, which should be a relative formality for the Tukkies athlete who has thrown well over that in training.

However, her 58,69 m overshadowed her team-mate Maryke Oberholzer (53,32), while 18-year-old Simone Meyer kept the bronze medal in the province for the second year with her best of 47,52 metres.

Rene Kalmer and many of the faster distance runners opted to compete in the shorter 5 000 m and 1 500 m. That left a rather sparse field for the women’s 10 000 m race, which many felt could have been held in earlier cooler weather.

The conditions did no favours for the runners, with Portia Ngwenya from Gauteng North posting 36 minutes, 24,95 seconds for 25 laps. Eastern Cape’s Funeka Mlwakuhle was just under a lap adrift (37mins:40,73secs), with Dladla Puseletso determinedly sticking to her task to finish in 38mins:3,59secs to give KZN the second of three bronze medals.

Shane Victor provided the province with the only medal from the men’s competition.

North West’s Lebogang Moeng blasted from the blocks to open a substantial lead over the first half of the 400 m final.

Although slowing significantly in the home straight, he held on to become the new champion in 45,57 seconds from Willie de Beer (45,87) and Victor who squeezed into third on the line in 46,13.

Victor has improved significantly in recent months and at 21 he still has years to reach his full potential

The province’s tally of five medals is a substantial improvement on the 2010 edition where only Simone Meyer made an impression.

Prodigal Khumalo won the annual Chatsworth Freedom Run 52 km Ultra in a respectable 3:06:50, leaving Bluff Meats Formula One’s Bernard Dandadzi 500 m adrift at the line. Nicolas Njadu was a distant third in 3:13:16, but had the consolation of being first in the 35-39 age category.

Stephen Muzhingi was noticeable by his absence from the front of this year’s race. The double Comrades champion had used this event as part of his final preparation for the downrun and no doubt that had some impact on the relatively large field that gathered for the tough hilly race around Durban’s southern suburb.

Eloi de Oliveira looks to be back on form with his win in the 50-59 age group in 3:44:36, and he and wife Grace will follow this up with a run in next weekend’s Forever Resorts Loskop 50 km Marathon.

There was little to separate Boxer’s Iris Ndlovu and Nicola McMurray from the Umtunzini club.

Ndlovu’s consistent pace took her through the line in 4:27:09 with McMurray breathing down her neck on the final straight.

Kearsney Striders Allison Elhorn arrived back at the Chatsworth Stadium almost eight minutes later to add the 40-49 award to her third place.

Lyno Muchena won the dash for the line in the 25 km distance in 1:20:52, with Munyaradzi Jari right on his shoulder. Given the hills on the course, this provided some impressive racing by the duo.

Boxer’s Tsepo Shelemo was third, while the ladies’ race saw Catherine Nyannishira and Rabia Filima of the Bluff Meats club dominating proceedings.

Nyannishira had the better of the field, taking honours in 1:44:24, with Filima trailing by 400 metres.

The pair were over two kilometres ahead of third-placed Umhlathuze’s Nomcebo Mthethwa.



Open Men 52km:

1.Prodical Khumalo Mr Price 3:06:50

2.Bernard Dandadzi Form One 3:08:25

3.Nicolas Njadu Nedbank 3:13:16

MEN 35 to 39: Nicolas Njadu Nedbank 3:13:36

MEN 40 to 49: Abdol Mlange Shakaland 3:32:49

MEN 50 to 59: Eloi de Oliveria Boxer 3:44:36

MEN 60+ Gopal Chetty Stella 4:36:16


1.Iris Ndlovu Boxer 4:27:09

2.Nicola McMurray Umtunzini 4:27:19

3.Allison Elhorn Kearsney Striders 4:35:06

LADIES 35 to 39: Sibongile Mpanza Boxer 4:39:32

LADIES 40 to 49: Allison Elhorn Kearsney Striders 4:35:06

LADIES 50 to 49: Judy Goss Athletic North 4:52:34

LADIES 60+ Maureen Parry Chiltern 5:50:57



1.Lyno Muchena Mr Price 1:20:52

2.Munyaradzi Jari Form One 1:20:53

3.Tsepo Shelemo Boxer 1:23:59

MEN 35 to 39: Bernard Phatlasane Nedbank 1:25:37

MEN 40 to 49: Lawrence Chipansaan Nedbank 1:28:11

MEN 50 to 59: Edmond Mngadi Stella 1:39:05

MEN 60+ Petros Shumi Zabalazi 1:53:46


1 Catherine Nyannishira Form One 1:44:24

2.Rabia Filima Form One 1:46:36

3.Nomcebo Mthethwa Umhlathuze 1:57:34

LADIES 35 to 39: Debbie Sessions DHSOB 2:01:35

LADIES 40 to 49: Sandy de Beer SANDF 1:57:35

LADIES 50 to 59: Debby de Koning Escom Gijiams 2:02:59

LADIES 60+: Linda Bell QBH 2:30:27

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