SA’s track and field athletes battle to get back in form

2010-08-16 00:00

SOUTH African track and field athletes seem to be battling to get back into form after last month’s African Championships in Kenya.

L J van Zyl finished last in the 400 m Hurdles at Crystal Palace in London, recording 50,64 seconds. The race was won by American Bershawn Jackson, who edged out Javier Culson in 48,12.

There was no better news for Peter van der Westhuizen in the mile, where he took the last position in four minutes 5,52 seconds. The race was won by Kenyan Kiprono Choge, who broke the line in 3:50,14, ahead of Ethiopian Mekonnen Gebremedhin and American Leonel Manzano who finished in 3:50,35 and 3:50,64 respectively.

In the B race over 400 metres, Oscar Pistorius took 46,93 seconds for the one-lapper, which was won by Britain’s Conrad Williams in 46,09.

The South Africans have six weeks to prepare for the Commonwealth Games starting in New Delhi.

The KwaZulu-Natal road running team arrived home from Saturday’s SA Lotto 10 km championships in Paarl with one gold, two silvers and team silver in the 40+ women.

Thobane Chagwe, one of South Africa’s top junior cross-country exponents, provided the province’s best result, winning gold in the junior category in 29 minutes 57 seconds and placing 17th overall in a race that saw Stephen Mokoka defend his 2009 title, but fail to earn the cash bonus on the new Paarl course.

Mokoka’s double kick in the final kilometre gave him the edge in a close-fought race, but he missed the R50 000 national record bonus by 17 seconds when he crossed the line in 28 minutes 23 seconds.

The province’s Sthabiso Mkhize also finished amongst the top 20 juniors in a time of 31 minutes 54 seconds.

The province’s top performances came with the women. Tanith Maxwell recorded a useful 34 minute 45 second time for seventh behind Irvette van Blerk, who in the absence of Rene Kalmer secured her second SA road Championship of the year with a 33 minute 15 seconds performance.

Grace de Oliveira, who took silver in the 40-49 age group behind Tessa Burrell, combined with Lisa Muchna and the amazing Ann Weeden to secure the team silver medals less than five minutes behind the Western Province trio. Weeden also secured the silver in the 60 -plus year age category in 44 minutes 18 second.

In Pietermaritzburg, Prodical Khumalo won the Witness Capital Climb of 15 km in 50 minutes 43 seconds with Paarl Collegians Harriers’ Sarah Grey the best of the women in one hour, seven minutes and 48 seconds.


men: 1. Prodical Khumalo Mr P 50:43, 2 Profesor Mollen Mr P 51:17, 3 Sibonelo Duma Boxer 51:45

40 – 49: Richard Dlamini Boxer 57:33

50 – 59: Simphiwe Ntentesa Toyota 65:00

Women: Sarah Grey CH 67:48, 2 Janine Bamford IND 67:58, 3 Kirsten Williams UKZN 69:57

40 - 49: Kylie Griffin West 74:24,

50- 59: Judith Geldenhuys Estcourt 74:59



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2 LungisaMdedelwaAtra28:28:00

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4 LuckyMohaleCga28:31:00

5 LindikhayaMthanganyiWpa28:32:00

Juniors 1 Thobane Chagwe Kzna 29:57, 2 Peter Wilders Cga 29:59, 3 Siphembele Fanekho Atra 30:02

Other KZN: Siyabonga Nkonde 30:35, Nicholas Dlamini (50+) 35:43,

Team 1, CGA 1:54:23, 2 WPA 1:56:52, 3 AGN 1:58:38

Team 40+ 1. WPA 1:36:13, 2 CGA 1:36:21, 3 BOLA 1:42:57


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3 ThozamaAprilAgn33:53:00

4 ChristineKalmerCga33:53:00

5 NoleneConradCga34:36:00

6 MphoMabuzaCga34:44:00

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Junior: 1 Sylvia Tshetlane Cga 34:58, 2 Nandipha Dywili Agn 35:40, 3 Dominique Scott Wpa 36:16 ..... 7 Puseletso Dladla Kzna 38:12, 8 Mpumelelo Mnyandu Kzna 38:15

40-49: 1 Tessa Burrell Cga 37:43, 2 Grace De Oliviera Kzna 38:03, 3 Elmarie Coetzee Wpa 38:34

60+: 1 Sonja Laxton Cga 42:39, 2 Ann Weeden Kzna 44:18, 3 Veronica Van Niekerk Bola 45:09

Team: 1 CGA 2:16:28, 2 AGN 2:20:18 , 3 WPA 2:21:45, KZN 2:26:50

Team 40 +: 1 WPA 1:56:38, 2 KZNA 2:01:19, (Grace De Oliviera, Lise Muchna, Ann Weeden),

Other KZN: Makhosazan Mhlongo 36:38 Cary Ann Smith 37:04, Daniela Adlam 38:20, Lize Muchna (40+) 38:58

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