Event: Women’s Long Distances Date of birth: 1985/04/09 Personal bests: 800m (2:03.36),...
MAKHANYA BACK TO HER BEST
Mapaseka Makhanya (left) and Rutendo Nyahora at the post-race media conference
Mapaseka Makhanya returned to her best form on Sunday, securing victory in a hard-fought race at the Spar Grand Prix 10km event in Cape Town.
Makhanya won in 32:54, chopping 12 seconds off Lebo Phalula’s race record and crossing the line just five seconds outside her personal best.
It was her first win in the women’s 10km series in 18 months.
“I felt strong but everyone is running well at the moment, so I was nervous because I haven’t raced much on the road this year,” said Makhanya, who is gearing up for next month’s Hannover Marathon.
“A sub-33 is good preparation for the marathon.”
Rutendo Nyahora of Zimbabwe, who went out hard from the start to set the early pace, took second place in 33:03, with Lebogang Phalula settling for third position in 33:20 after struggling with pain in her lower back.
“It was a wonderful race. I’ve had a sore back since yesterday, but I don’t want to make excuses,” Phalula said.
“I wanted to run under 33 minutes and get the record but unfortunately it didn’t happen.
“Well done to the other girls. They ran very well today.”
Marathon specialist Rene Kalmer faded in the second half to take fourth place, after putting up an early fight, and her younger sister, Christine Kalmer, ended fifth.
A total of 23 353 women took part in the first of five legs in the annual series.