EIGHTH PLACE FOR NZIMA IN SWEDEN

 
Updated: May 21, 2016

Sibusiso Nzima struggled in the second half, and though he lost momentum in the closing stages, he held on to finish eighth at the GoteborgsVarvet Half-Marathon in Sweden on Saturday.
Nzima started well, sticking to a small lead group in the early stages, but Kenyans Richard Mengich and Geoffrey Yegon opened a gap in the first half to string out the field.
Running on his own, Nzima reached the 10km mark in 29:19, on target to smash his six-year-old personal best of 1:02:10.
He faded in the second half, however, and crossed the line in 1:04:05.
Mengich won the race, which attracted over 60 000 runners as the world’s largest 21km event, in 59:35.
In superb form this year, Nzima is among the favourites for selection to the SA team for the men’s marathon at the Rio Olympics in August.
While the squad has not yet been announced, his 2:11:43 personal best in Seville in February placed him third in the rankings during the qualifying window, with three men expected to be included in the final team.