South Africans fade in weekend marathons

2008-11-02 00:00

Lesotho invaders once again dominated proceedings in South Africa’s richest marathon when Moeketsi Moshuli secured the R100 000 cheque in yesterday’s Nedbank Soweto marathon

The race commenced at a conservative pace with KZN-based Richard Nene from the Boxer club one of the first to make the early running that took the field through the first eight kilometres in 25 minutes 30 seconds.

Cresting “horror hill” in Diepkloof, the pace noticeably increased as the chasing pack covered the break with seven runners in contention. However, this still did not include Moshuli or his Toyota team-mate and defending champion Teboho Sello, who were content to sit in the main pack.

Repeated attempts at breaks eventually saw Mr Price’s Charles Tjiane looking to put his name in the race winner’s history book, but the effort was in vain as the Toyota pairing took control of the race on the climb up behind the Opperheimer tower and June 16th Acre.

Although it was by no means the fastest race, Moshuli’s tactical win in 2:19:34 was clinically implemented, with Sello a worthy runner-up and countryman Thabo Ntlaloe making it a clean sweep for Lesotho in 2:21:19.

Johannesburg-based Tjiane was the first South African among a top 10 that included five Lesotho athletes in a time of 2:21:39 for fifth place, while Zimbabwean Prodigal Khumalo was the first KZN-based athlete in sixth position in 2:22:22. Mr Price’s local Kenyan, Amos Maiyo, was ninth in 2:23:08.

The Toyota club also gained top honours in the women’s race, with 24-year-old Mamarolloa Tjoka winning her fourth title in a relatively slow 2:53:48.

Seven women dipped under the three-hour barrier. Zimbabweans Chiyedza Chokore and Muchaneta Gwata, who have been registered for the local Mr Price club, came in fifth and 10th respectively.

Internationally, the focus was on the 50th running of the ING New York marathon where Hendrick Ramaala finished 12th in a disappointing 2:19:11, which is insufficient to guarantee him a place in the world championships in Berlin next August.

Ramaala jousted with the leaders early, going through the first 10km in 31 minutes 41 seconds among the top five of the 16-member pack. They included seven Kenyans, Moroccan Abderrahim Goumri and 2006 New York winner Marlison Gomes dos Santos from Brazil.

As the pack eased up the pace to go through the first half, Ramaala looked uneasy at the back. It was a position he would maintain with the group until Manhattan’s First Avenue, where he dropped to 40 seconds off the pace set by Dos Santos.

By 35km the writing was on the wall, with Ramaala over four minutes adrift from the exciting race that had developed between Goumri and Dos Santos. Although leading by eight seconds at 40km, Goumri’s constant rearward glances indicated he wasn’t happy, an opportunity the Brazilian was not shy to take advantage of. Dos Santos caught, passed and opened over 100 metres on the Moroccan before taking the tape in 2:08:43.

Kenyan Daniel Rono was third in 2:11:22, with countryman and previous world record-holder Paul Tergat fourth in 2:13:10.

New York Marathon

Men: 1 Marlison Gomes dos Santos BRA 2:08:43, 2 Abderrahim Goumri MOR 2:09:07, 3 Daniel Rono KEN 2:11:22, 4 Paul Tergat KEN 2:13;10, 5 Abder Bouramdane MOR 2:13:33

Women 1 Paula Radcliffe GBR 2:23:56, 2 Ludmila Petrova RUS 2:25;43, 3 Kara Goucher USA 2;25:53, 4 Rita Jeptoo KEN 2:27:49, 5 Catherine Ndereba KEN 2:29:14

Nedbank Soweto Marathon

Men 1 Moeketsi Moshuli LES 2:19:34, 2 Teboho Sello LES 2:20:31, 3 Thabo Ntlaloe LES 2;21:19, 4 Charles Tjiane 2:21:39, 5 Lebenya Nkoka LES 2:21:59, 6 Prodigal Khumalo (KZN) 2;22:22, 9 Amos Maiyo Mr P KZN (KEN)

Women: 1 Mamarolla Tjoka LES 2:53:48, 2 Matrinta Mota LES 2:55:36, 3 charne Bosman 2:55:43, 4 Eunice Nhlapho 2;55:58, 5 Chiyedza Chokore Gauteng Stride (ZIM), Muchaneta Gwata Mr P KZN (Zim) 3:03:44.

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