SA make good showing at championships

2010-03-30 00:00

THE South African team had a good showing at the World Cross-Country Championships in Poland with the junior men scoring 157 points to place seventh in the team competition. This was the best result of the South African teams as both the junior women and the senior women placed 10th overall and the senior men made 12th.

Individually, Lebogang Phalula had the best ranking, running to a 15th pace overall in 25min 43sec, while Stephen Mokoka was 23rd in the senior men’s event.

The championships were once again dominated by Kenyans, who won all four team competitions, with Ethiopian squads runners-up in all but the senior men, where the Eritreans took the silver.

Perhaps the surprise of the competition came from Uganda, who placed third in both junior events.

The South African results were:

Junior Women 39 Letitia Saayman 21:09, 52 Thato Makhafola 21:36, 58 Juan Marie Cooper 21:45, 81 Sylvia Tshetlanyana 22:26.

Team: 1 Kenya, 2 Ethiopia, 3 Uganda … 10 RSA

Junior Men 21 Joel Mmone 23:17, 30 Sityhilo Diko 23:40, 48 Vuysile Tshoba 24:27, 58 Pieter Wilders 24;40, 77 Lucas Bothobutle 25:06, 87 Mfumaneko Fadane 25:28

Team: 1 Kenya 10, Ethiopia 32, Uganda 56 … 7 RSA 157

Senior Women 15 Lebogang Phalula 25:43, 22 Dino Lebo Phalula 26:05, 66 Ronel Thomas 27:53, 68 Ntombesintu Mfunzi 27:53, 72 Marelise Retief 28:17, 77 Tegogo Masehla 28:46,

Team: 1Kenya 10, 2 Ethiopia 42, 3 USA 76 … 10 RSA 171

Senior Men 23 Stephen Mokoka 34:23, 52 Lungisa Mdedelwa 35:12, 61 Sibabalwe Mzazi 35:26, 62 Kgosi Tsosane 35:28, 72 Xolisa Tyali 35:40, 118 Siyanbonga Nkonde 38:21

Team: 1 Kenya 20, 2 Eritrea 46, 3 Ethiopia 69 … 12 RSA 198

Professor Mollen won the two-lap Midlands Meander marathon in 2:35:35, leading home his fellow Zimbabwean Richard Nene and club-mate Mfanufikile Mntungusa to make it a clean sweep for the Mr Price club.

The top three finished within a kilometre of each other despite the relatively tough and challenging course.

Lindsay van Aswegen put aside any rumours of a stress fracture when she won the ladies race in 3:09:03. The Kempton Park runner added the 40-49 age group award to her haul and this performance puts Van Aswegen directly in contention for one of the top 10 gold medals, provided she gets her pacing correct on the day.

Estcourt’s Tracey Zunckel was a distant second in 3:22:56, with Erica Walker of Natal Carbineers third, a further one kilometre off pace.

Khulekani Ngubane earned the top spot in the single-lap edition of the race, which takes in a scenic but challenging route around the midlands, in 1:15:02. The Collegians Harriers man kept Boxer’s Tshepo Shelembe in second spot with Nduduzi Ndelela third and first 35 to 39-year-old.

University’s Kirsten Williams was the clear winner in the ladies’ section of the half-marathon, recording 1:35:36 for the distance.

There were many new names taking podium places at the Queensburgh Mineshaft half-marathon, which saw Chatsworth’s Thabiso Ngalonkulu secure the line honours in 1:14:45.

Ngalonkulu opened just under 100 metres on Clermont’s Phiwayi­nkosi Khuzwayo over the hilly and challenging course with Mr Price’s Hendrick Mncadi almost an equal measure adrift for third place.

Over 500 runners took part in the race that saw Thobile Ngwane open a comfortable lead in the ladies’ race where she was two minutes ahead of Jo McKenzie from the Sani club in Underberg. The Mr Price athlete broke the tape in 1:36:29, while Boxer’s Sibongile Mpanza filled the final podium stair in 1:43:21.

The HoneyDew Midlands Meander

42,2Km Men:

1. Professor Mollen Mr Price A C 2:35:35

2. Richard Nene Mr Price A C 2:37:18

3. Mfanufikile Mntungusa Mr Mr Price A C 2:38:51

35-39: Bongeseni Mnduma VAC 2:53:04

40-49: Enoch Ngubane Mr Price 2:39:5

50-59: Simphiwe Ntentesa Toyota 2:58:20

60+: Dave Flatley Sav 3:41:00


1. Lindsay v Aswegen Kempton Pk 3:09:03

2. Tracey Zunckel E A C 3:22:56

3. Erica Walker Ntl Carb 3:27:50

35-39: Lauren Calenborne West 3:41:57

40-49: Lindsay v Aswegen Kempton Pk 3:09:03

50-59: Wendy Rook Sav 4:17:51

21,1KM: Men

1. Khulekani Ngubane CH 1:15:02

2. Tsepo Shelembe Boxer 1:16:15

3. Nduduzi Ndelela Mr Price 1:19:49

35 to 39: Nduduzi Ndelela Mr Price 1:19:49

40 to 49: Orbit Ngcobo CH 1:24:35

50 to 59: Robin Gardiner HH 1:40:14

60+.Niel Perritt Sav 1:44:48


1. Kirsten Williams UKZN 1:35:36

2. Clare Kent EAC 1:40:12

3. Sandy Fismer Hilton Harr 1:44:31

35 to 39: Nomsa Thabede SAPS 2:41:30

40 to 49: Sharla Juglal Chatsworth A C 1:53:34

50 to 59: Sandy Fismer Hilton Harr 1:44:31

60+ Margaret Usher Spartan A C

Queensburgh Mineshaft 21,1KM:


1. Thabiso Ngalonkulu Chatsworth 1:14:45

2. Phiwayinkosi Khuzwayo Clermont 1:15:04

3. Hendrick Mncadi Mr Price 1:15:40

35-39: Amos Nomfuduko Clermont 1:17:50

40-49: Mbongeni Sosibo Nedbank 1:20:06

50-59: Jeremiah Ngwenya Boxer 1:30:01

60+: Petros Shumi Zabalazi A C 1:42:34


1. Thobile Ngwane Mr Price A C 1:36:29

2. Jo Mckenzie Sani A C 1:38:30

3. Sibongile Mpanza Boxer A C 1:43:21

35-39: Kelli Ryan Kearsney Strid 1:46:30

40-049: Nana Sigubu Boxer A C 1:43:23

50-59: Jane Baker DAC 2:02:40

60+: Maureen Parry Chiltern A C 2:19:14

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