Event: Women’s Long Distances Date of birth: 1985/04/09 Personal bests: 800m (2:03.36),...
ANOTHER EASY WIN FOR IN-FORM VAN ZYL
Strengthening the grip she has held on the local road running circuit this season, Irvette van Zyl coasted to another convincing victory on Sunday at the Spar Women’s Challenge 10km race in Durban.
Pushing the pace throughout the race, she dropped the rest of the field in the first half and strode clear to win in 33:26.
Having won the first two legs of the Grand Prix series in Cape Town and Port Elizabeth, Van Zyl extended her overall lead ahead of the fourth race in Centurion in September and the final leg in Joburg in October.
“Two weeks ago I fell in a training run and hurt my knee, so I just wanted to come out here and finish in the top five,” Van Zyl said.
“I knew if I missed this race it would be really tough to win the Grand Prix, so I’m very happy to win.”
Cornelia Joubert delivered a fine performance to take second place, though she was well behind Van Zyl, crossing the line in 34:26.
Lebo Phalula, who will join Van Zyl at the Olympic marathon in Rio in August, took third position in 34:39.
“I’m very disappointed with my time today,” Phalula said.
“But the focus at the moment is on Rio, where I hope to finish in the top 10 or 15, and I’m still busy with my training.”
* Full results are available in our Results section