Event: Women’s Long Distances Date of birth: 1985/04/09 Personal bests: 800m (2:03.36),...
MAKHANYA LEADS SPAR GRAND PRIX
Makhanya on her way to a record victory at the opening leg in Cape Town (Photo credit: Reg Caldecott)
Mapaseka Makhanya has retained her lead at the top of the Spar Grand Prix standings, organisers confirmed on Tuesday, after holding on for a top-10 finish at the second leg of the annual women’s 10km series.
Having finished third at the Hannover Marathon three weeks earlier in a personal best of 2:31:02, Makhanya took eighth place at the Port Elizabeth leg of the annual Grand Prix on Saturday.
Her record victory at the opening race in Cape Town (32:54) ensured she stayed top of the table with 43 points — six points ahead of her nearest rival, Lebogang Phalula, who finished third in Cape Town and second in Port Elizabeth.
Phalula’s twin sister, Diana-Lebo, rocketed up the standings to sixth position with her victory in Port Elizabeth (32:57), despite missing the first leg while on national duty at the World Cross Country Championships.
Kalmer sisters Rene and Christine, who both finished among the top 10 at the Vienna Marathon last month, were in third and fourth positions overall, with fellow marathon runner Cornelia Joubert in fifth.
Former series winner Irvette van Zyl, who is five months pregnant, settled in joint eighth place with consistent performances in the early stages of the five-race campaign.
The winner of this year’s series, which is open only to South African runners (foreign athletes can earn race prize money, but not Grand Prix points), will pocket a cheque for R150 000, and cash prizes are on offer to the top 15 women in the standings.
The next leg will be held in Durban on June 7.
* Full standings are available in our Results section