Exciting finish starts Onerun

2015-05-19 06:00
Kenya’s Emmanuel Bett (left) and Daniel Salel fought to the finish in the FNB Cape Town 12 Onerun on Sunday. The prize, after much deliberation, went to Bett for his time of 33 minutes and 32 seconds, just outside the world record.


Kenya’s Emmanuel Bett (left) and Daniel Salel fought to the finish in the FNB Cape Town 12 Onerun on Sunday. The prize, after much deliberation, went to Bett for his time of 33 minutes and 32 seconds, just outside the world record. PHOTO: volume

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It was the perfect way to get the inaugural FNB Cape Town 12 Onerun off the ground: A dip on the finish line and missing the world’s best by one second.

Kenyans Emmanuel Bett and Daniel Salel fought to the line with the decision, after much deliberation, ending in favour of Bett for his time of 33:32. Salel recorded the same time.

In near perfect conditions the race started in Milnerton at 09:00. The country’s top 10 men and women were contracted to take on the likes of Salel, Bett, Moses Kipsiro and Vivian Cheruiyot.

It was evident early on that this was to be a hard and fast race. Bett, who has run a 27:51.16 for 10 000m, was in no mood for a bunch finish and set a blistering pace from the gun.

Within 2km of the start the lead group of twenty-plus had been whittled down to eight with Bett setting the pace. Salel ran next to him with Kipsiro, Timothy Toroitich, Elroy Gelant, Gladwin Mzazi and Lucky Mohale sitting on their tails.

At the 3km mark Mohale had been blown away. Bett continued to race at a speed of 2:47/km which made Mzazi drop off next (around 4km, just before the race entered the harbour). Gelant was to fade from the leading pack shortly thereafter, and when Kip­siro dropped just before the halfway mark, it was down to three.

Bett was not going to let off the pace, despite feeling nauseous at around 6km. As they entered Government Alley at the top of Adderley Street (around the 9km mark), there was still no splitting Toroitich, Salel and Bett.

Not even the short but sharp climb up Buitengracht Street separated the trio, but that climb lost the leaders some valuable seconds as they chased the record and hunted for the win.

With just over 1km to go Bett and Salel upped the pace and Toroitich fell off.

The race for the win went to the line as both Salel and Bett were awarded the time of 33:32, the officials giving Bett the nod. It was one second away from the world record.

Toroitich finished third and Moses Kipsiro fourth, with the first South African home being Gelant in fifth.

“I’m very happy with my run today,” Bett said. “I have had some injury problems in the last few years, so this shows me I’m in good shape and getting back to where I was.”

Gelant was ecstatic after his fifth place. “My hamstring is now all good. This was a hard race. The Kenyans were really flying, but I am very happy,” he said.

The women’s race saw four-time world champion and Olympic medallist Cheruiyot break away just before the halfway mark. She crossed the line in 38:32.

Yenenesh Tilahun of Ethiopia was second (39:17) with Lebo Phalula the first South African home in 39:21

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