Updated: March 1, 2015

The Phalula sisters secured a one-two in the 10km race


South African athletes struggled in warm, humid conditions at the Durban City Marathon on Saturday, with athletes from Ethiopia, Zimbabwe and Lesotho dominating the revived 42km race.
Ethiopian Daniel Derese was fastest on the day, securing victory in 2:15:46, with Tsepo Ramonene finishing second in the men’s race in 2:16:35.
Veteran Tabitha Tsatsa, the Zimbabwean record holder over the 42km distance, coasted home in 2:50:45, some 20 minutes outside the time for which the organisers had hoped, in the women’s event, and Moleboheng Mafata was third in 3:53:16.
Desmond Mokgobu, who won the SA title in Cape Town in September, led the South African charge, trailing home in fifth spot in 2:23:04, and Riana van Niekerk ended fourth in the women’s race in 2:54:10.
Local stars made their presence felt, however, in the 10km races, with Stephen Mokoka scorching home in 28:33.
Mokoka had won the SA 10km title in Pretoria on Saturday, and again led home training partner Gladwin Mzazi, who was second in Durban in 28:34.
The Phalula sisters grabbed a one-two in the women’s contest, with Lebogang bagging the win in 33:50, and Diana-Lebo finishing five seconds behind in third place.

* See our Results section for results of the Durban City Marathon