Elites disqualified after dramatic Dis-Chem finish

Updated: January 15, 2017

Thabang Mosiako holds off a late challenge from Lucky Mohale (photo credit: @dischem21 on twitter)

‚ÄčLucky Mohale and Louisa Leballo became the first elite athletes to feel the repercussions of breaking a new Athletics South Africa licencing rule on Sunday, as both athletes were disqualified after achieving podium places at the Dis-Chem Half-Marathon in Bedfordview.
Former national half-marathon champion Mohale was edged on the line by 21-year-old prospect Thabang Mosiako, who covered the 21.1km distance in 1:05:53, in a sprint finish.
Mohale was later disqualified for a technical infringement, with ASA recently having changed its licence number rules in order to ensure more exposure for sponsor Old Mutual.
After Mohale was scratched from the results, Desmond Mokgobu was credited with second place, with the marathon specialist crossing the line more than a minute behind Mosiako in 1:06:55.
In the women’s race, Olympic marathon runner Christine Kalmer coasted to victory in 1:22:50.
Leballo was first across the line but she was removed from the official results, also for wearing her race number incorrectly over her licence number.
Ultra-distance athlete Caroline Wostmann, expected to defend her Comrades ‘up’ run and Two Oceans titles later this year, was awarded second place in 1:26:37.

* Full results available in our Results section