Stephen Mokoka clocks South Africa’s second fastest time in Shanghai

2011-12-14 00:00

STEPHEN Mokoka posted South Africa’s second fastest time of the year when he finished second in the Shanghai International Marathon in 2:10:29. Lusapho April was the fastest of the year with his 2:09:25 victory in the Hanover Marathon.

KZN’s World Championship 4x400 m silver medalist Shane Victor was named male athlete of the meet in the first Yellow Pages Summer Series track meeting in Port Elizabeth at the end of last week.

The Fast Feet athlete was in a class of his own, winning the 600 m event from gun to tape in a time of 1:17.64.

Cindy Stewart reigned supreme in front of her home crowd, winning both the 60 m and 150 m sprint races and claiming the female of the meet award.

In Oudtshoorn The Mile was the highlight event. Pacemaker Elroy Galant held a 30 m lead for 800 m in 1:58. He extended the lead to 50 m at 1 200 m, but faded to finish in 04:01.69 seconds, five seconds ahead of Johan Cronje, but missing the magical sub-four mile.

The series moves to Stellenbosch tomorrow and finishes in Parow on Saturday.

Siyabonga Nkonde was a clear winner over the tough Illovo Westville 15 km Christmas challenge.

A duo from Clermont led the massive field of over 2 000 runners out on the first hills, but it wasn’t long before the Boxer athlete had moved into first, sustaining the pressure to open around a one kilometre gap. Samuel Pazanga and Phiwayinkosi Khuzwayo were left to fight for the remaining podium places.

Nkonde’s time of 48:07 was only 25 seconds outside the course record set by Moses Lepheane in 2005.

The ladies’ race saw a strong-running Suzette Botha conquer the hills and the field to finish in 59:02. Botha, who has failed to live up to her true potential, showed a powerful stride, promising much in the coming year.

Although just over a minute adrift from the course record of 57:57, the Eskom runner was never challenged and even managed a 3:43 final kilometre.

Savages’ Makosi Mhlongo was her nearest competitor sticking to the task to finish in 60:31 with Janine Carey from Boxer in third in 61:58.

Botha also won the 35-39 age category with Carey second. Tanith Maxwell, a potential race winner, opted to take it easy to finish third in the 35-39 category.

Grace de Oliveira was fifth overall and first in the 50-59 age group with a time of 67:23 seconds, only 21 seconds slower than the time she posted in Yellowwood Park, which was the fastest South African 15 km this year by a 50 year old.

LJ van Zyl, South Africa’s World 400 m bronze medallist, and Irvette van Blerk, the short distance road-running specialist, were engaged on Saturday before the groom-to-be had to head off to George for an Olympic training camp.

Athletics South Africa will announce the new CEO for the federation in Cape Town today.

The post will become the association’s top position following the suspension of previous general manager Molatelo Malehopo who held the position during the Leonard Chuene’s presidency.

Estcourt Athletics host their annual KZN Weavers Summer Holiday 23 km run and walk from Bergville Primary on Friday, starting at 6 am. It covers an undulating route through to Winterton Country Club and attracts around 300 up-country holiday makers and local runners.

Belinda Smith has more information at 082 396 8050.

Fast Feet and Clyde Kinlock Sports have combined with STS sports shop at Moses Mahbida stadium to host a track and field meeting on Saturday at Kings Park from 2 pm.

This will see the top eight KZN athletes compete over a number of odd distance events, and will be used towards inter-provincial selection.

The main race this weekend is the DAC Calder Cup and Sulin Trophy which is run over a flat, fast one-lap course via NMR Avenue and the beachfront.

The race starts at 6 am at Kings Park where it will also finish. The annual beer and dash 4 00 m relay for club teams will take places after the main race.

Kitty Konar has more information on 082 768 0738.


Westville 15 km:

Men: 1.Siyabonga Nkonde Boxer AC 48:07

2.Samuel Pazanga Mr Price AC 51:10

3.Phiwayinkosi Khuzwayo Clermont AC 51:23

35 to 39: 1.Bernard Phalatsane Nedbank AC 51:45

2.Thembinkosi Gumede Boxer AC 54:11

3.Edwin Manyakde Mr Price AC 57:51

40 to 49: 1.Peter Sehloho Boxer AC 54:51

2.Willie Majombozi Boxer AC 58:03

3.Justin Hand DHSOB 58:10

50 to 59: 1,Craig Anderson DHSOB 58:09

2.Mandla Dlamuke Boxer AC 58:30

3.Eloi De Oliviera Boxer AC 100:40

60+: 1,Petros Shumi Zabalazi AC 69:16

2.Piet Badenhorst PDAC 70:11

3.Mbekiseni Mchunu Savages AC 72:51

70+: 1.Fred Medlock HV 90:06

80+: 1.Haley de Klerk RWFL 137:05

Junior: 1.Nhlakanipho Sibiya Inanda AC 58:38

Ladies: 1.Suzette Botha Eskom Gijimas 59:02

2.Mkosi Mhlongo Savages AC 60:31

3.Janine Carey Boxer AC 61:58

35 to 39: 1.Suzette Botha Eskom Gijimas 59:02

2.Janine Carey Boxer AC 61:58

3.Tanith Maxwell Boxer AC 67:42

40 to 49: 1.Maureen Slack Riverside Harr 69:48

2.Sandy de Beer SANDF 72:36

3.Fiona Baldwin PDAC73:50

50 to 59: 1.Grace De Oliviera Boxer AC 67:23

2.Jane Baker DAC 84:56

3.Elana Pessenbacher Eskom Gijimas 87:46

60+: 1.Alet Engelbrecht SCS 90:38

2.Patsy Clemens HV 94:22

3.Brenda Hughes Sydenham AC 99:22

70+: 1.Hester Beker Stella AC 105:06

Junior: 1.Yvette Jansen van Nieunenhoizen Centurian 88:23

Walk Men 15 km: 1.Wiseman Hlongwa Umlazi AC 81:06

Walk Ladies 15 km: 1.Lucia Willemse Irene AC 105:39

Mens: Team Prize: Boxer AC

Ladies: Team Prize: Boxer AC

London Bus: Savages AC

Fastest Mini Bus: Nedbank AC

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