Event: Women’s Long Distances Date of birth: 1985/04/09 Personal bests: 800m (2:03.36),...
MOKGOBU SETS MARATHON PB IN CHILE
Desmond Mokgobu (right) with Enos Matalane and Xolisa Tyali after the 2011 Vodacom Country Challenge
National champion Desmond Mokgobu improved his 42km personal best on Sunday, racing to third place at the Santiago Marathon in Chile.
Mokgobu crossed the line in 2:15:16, chopping 58 seconds off his career record, which he set when he won the SA title at the Cape Town Marathon in September.
It was his first international race over the classic distance.
Kenyan Luka Rotich Lobuwan secured victory in 2:11:53, with Haile Haja of Ethiopia holding off the 26-year-old South African to finish second in 2:15:04.
Mokgobu became the second SA man, after Lusapho April, to achieve the qualifying standard on two separate occasions for the IAAF World Championships in Beijing.
Competition for places in the national squad was heating up, four months ahead of the global showpiece.
Eight men – Mokgobu, April, Stephen Mokoka, Benedict Moeng, Xolisa Tyali, Gladwin Mzazi, Africa Mailola and Lucas Jani – had already achieved the 2:18:00 qualifying standard, while six women – Rene Kalmer, Mapaseka Makhanya, Christine Kalmer, Jenna Challenor, Zintle Xiniwe and Tanith Maxwell – had clocked the required 2:44:00.
A maximum of three men and three women can be selected for the team.