Updated: September 3, 2016

Rutendo Nyahora (right) with Diana-Lebo Phalula at the finish (photo credit: Reg Caldecott)

Shaking off the last of her opposition with around three kilometres remaining, Zimbabwean athlete Rutendo Nyahora stormed to victory on Saturday, defending her title at the Spar Women’s Challenge 10km race in Centurion.

Nyahora broke away and held on to cross the line in 35:25, with fellow Olympic marathon runner Diana-Lebo Phalula finishing second in 35:40.

“I am so happy to have defended my title,” Nyahora said after the race.

“At one stage, Mapaseka (Makhanya) and Lebo were fighting for position, so I just stayed behind them and waited for my chance.

“I know this route very well, and I knew that they would get tired, so I just waited for my chance, and when it came, I took it.”

Glenrose Xaba, who won the national 10 000m title on the track in April, grabbed third spot in 36:16.

Long-time leader Makhanya finished fifth, Christine Kalmer was seventh in her first race since the marathon at the Rio Games last month, and Jenna Challenor continued her comeback from injury by taking 10th place.

Irvette van Zyl, who did not run in Centurion due to a foot injury which sidelined her from the Olympic marathon, retained her overall series lead ahead of the final leg of the Spar Grand Prix campaign in Johannesburg on October 9.

Over 27 000 participants turned out in Centurion for the annual 10km contest and 5km fun run, one of the most popular events on the domestic road running circuit.
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