Event: Women’s Long Distances Date of birth: 1985/04/09 Personal bests: 800m (2:03.36),...
PHALULA DEFENDS TITLE AT SPAR LADIES RACE
Lebogang Phalula (left), Diana-Lebo Phalula and Rutendo Nyahora at the post-race press conference
In a repeat of her victorious effort last year, Diana-Lebo Phalula swept aside a quality field on Saturday to win the second leg of the Spar Grand Prix 10km series in Port Elizabeth.
Rutendo Nyahora of Zimbabwe set the early pace before Phalula took control, dominating the rest of the race to win in 32:57, crossing the line 30 seconds outside the course record she set last season.
“It was a good race for me, even though I wanted to break my record,” she said.
“My time last year was always going to be a challenge and the wind made it difficult.
“I was pushing hard but there was no electronic clock (on the lead car) which disturbed me because I did not know what pace I was running.”
Her twin sister, Lebogang Phalula, managed to break clear of the rest of the field but was unable to close the gap on her runaway sibling, eventually finishing second in 33:26, while Nyahora held on to take third place in 33:43.
Mapaseka Makhanya, who won the opening leg of the series in Cape Town, settled for eighth place after reaching the podium at the Hannover Marathon three weeks ago.
Rene Kalmer and her younger sister, Christine, also did well to finish fifth and seventh respectively, after competing at the Vienna Marathon less than a month ago.
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