Juniors lead the way for SA at World Cross

Updated: March 27, 2017

The lead group battling it out in the senior men’s race (photo credit: www.iaaf.org)

Junior athletes Kabelo Seboko, Pakiso Mthembu and Simonay Weitsz were the top performers for the SA team on Sunday, all finishing among the top 30 in their respective races at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Kampala, Uganda.
Seboko earned 24th position in the Under-20 men’s 8km race in 24:54 and Mthembu finished 30th in 25:25, with Weitsz crossing the line in 26th place in the junior women’s 6km contest.
In the senior men’s 10km event, Elroy Gelant went out hard and led at the first corner, but he fell off the pace and settled for 43rd position.
Experienced cross country runner David Manja was the first SA man home, grabbing 34th place in 30:16, and Joel Mmone finished a little further back in 37th spot.
Geoffrey Kamworor of Kenya retained his title at the biennial showpiece, completing the race in 28:24.
Also contested over 10km, 39-year-old athlete Louisa Leballo was the best of the SA squad members in the senior women’s race.
Leballo finished 33rd in 35:22, with Kesa Molotsane a little further back in 36th.
Irene Cheptai lifted the women’s crown in 31:57, leading a remarkable clean sweep as the top six places were filled by Kenyan athletes.
South Africa finished in the top 10 in all four team competitions, though they were well outside the medals.

* Full results available in our Results section