Event: Women’s Long Distances Date of birth: 1985/04/09 Personal bests: 800m (2:03.36),...
KENYAN STARS WIN ONERUN RACE
Daniel Salel, Timothy Toroitich and Emmanuel Bett battling it out at the FNB One Run (photo credit: Volume Photography)
Multiple World Championships medallists Emmanuel Bett and Vivian Cheruiyot of Kenya won the men’s and women’s titles at the first edition of the FNB OneRun 12km race in Cape Town on Sunday.
Bett was locked in a battle against compatriot Daniel Salel in the closing stages, launching a comeback over the last few metres to edge his countryman on the line.
Both athletes clocked 33:32, narrowly missing out on the world best of 33:31 over the unofficial distance.
Timothy Toroitich of Uganda, who was dropped on the long downhill to the Bree Street finish, finished third in 33:48.
Elroy Gelant and Gladwin Mzazi, the only South Africans to put up a significant challenge in the early stages after Lucky Mohale dropped off the seven-made lead group, finished fifth and sixth respectively.
Cheruiyot completely dominated the women’s race, as expected, storming to a comfortable win in 38:22.
Ethiopian Yenenesh Tilahun chased down in-form local athlete Diana-Lebo Phalula in the closing stages to grab second place in 39:17, and Phalula filled the bottom spot on the podium in 39:21.
* Full results are available in our Results section