Mapaseka Makhanya

Updated: January 22, 2013


Event: Women’s Long Distances
Date of birth: 1985/04/09
Personal bests: 800m (2:03.36), 1 500m (4:08.18), 3 000m (9:08.87), 5 000m (15:53.61), 10km (32:49), 15km (56:59), 21km (1:14:43), 42km (2:31:02)
Major achievements:
800 Metres: 2007 World Student Games, Bangkok (semifinals); 2010 African Championships, Nairobi (6th, final)

While she has trailed in the shadows of Caster Semenya and Rene Kalmer, Mapaseka Makhanya has held her own across a variety of distances on the domestic circuit throughout her career. She was seventh in the women’s 1 500m final, two places behind Kalmer, at the 2007 All Africa Games in Algiers, Algeria, after making the step up to the metric mile. Makhanya produced her best track season in 2010 when she set personal records over 800m in Uden, Netherlands, and 1 500m in Heusden-Zolder, Belgium, just a week apart in July. Later that month she was sixth in the women’s two-lap final at the African Championships in Nairobi, Kenya. In 2013, she made a successful step up to longer distances on the road, winning the Spar Women’s Grand Prix 10km series and clocking 2:37:06 to secure victory in her maiden marathon, at altitude in Johannesburg. She went on to set a 42km personal best of 2:31:02, finishing third at the 2015 Hannover Marathon as she climbed to fifth place in the all-time SA women’s rankings over the classic distance. Makhanya has twice competed at the World Cross Country Championships, finishing 84th in Punta Umbria in 2011 and 86th in Bydgoszcz in 2013