Event: Women’s Long Distances Date of birth: 1985/04/09 Personal bests: 800m (2:03.36),...
MOKOKA BREAKS SA 15KM RECORD IN CARDIFF
Stephen Mokoka carried the SA team on Saturday, producing a brave performance to finish 10th at the World Half-Marathon Championships in Cardiff, Wales.
Competing in cold, wet conditions, Mokoka and Lucky Mohale went with a frenetic early pace, and while Mohale soon dropped back, Mokoka gritted his teeth and pushed all the way to the line after he too lost touch with the leaders.
Though he was 40 seconds outside his personal best, crossing the line in 1:01:27, the 31-year-old athlete from Pretoria improved his own SA 15km best of 42:49, set in Copenhagen two years ago, after recording a 42:44 split en route to the finish.
The mark will remain unofficial until it is ratified by the national federation.
The rest of the SA men’s team struggled in the conditions, with Mbongeni Ngxazozo ending 37th in 1:04:51, followed by Vuyisile Tshoba in 59th (1:06:55), Gladwin Mzazi in 77th (1:11:49) and national champion Lucky Mohale in 80th (1:15:28).
Kenyan defending champion Geoffrey Kamworor set a relentless pace and eventually left the entire field in his wake to secure victory in 59:10.
Meanwhile, Nolene Conrad spearheaded the SA women’s team by taking 37th position in 1:13:45.
She was followed home by compatriots Lebo Phalula, who was 41st in 1:14:21, and Cornelia Joubert who finished 42nd in 1:14:23.
Lebogang Phalula settled for 76th place in 1:23:49, and Zintle Xiniwe was 78th in 1:26.30.
Kenyan Peres Jechirchir was victorious, bagging the world 21km title in 1:07:31.