Event: Women’s Long Distances Date of birth: 1985/04/09 Personal bests: 800m (2:03.36),...
MAKHANYA SETS MARATHON PERSONAL BEST
Versatile road runner Mapaseka Makhanya was satisfied with her performance after smashing her personal best in her first international 42km race.
Makhanya had hoped to dip under the 2:30 barrier at the Hannover Marathon on Sunday, and while she crossed the line in 2:31:02, she shattered her career record of 2:36:36 set at last year’s Gauteng Marathon.
“There’s no use crying over spilt milk,” she said.
“I’m happy and a very good lesson was learned.”
The 30-year-old athlete took third place in Hannover, less than four minutes behind Algeria’s Souad Alt Salem, who won the race in 2:27:21.
Her performance lifted Makhanya to fifth place in the all-time SA rankings.
Only Colleen de Reuck, Elana Meyer, Frith van der Merwe and Rene Kalmer have run faster.