Van Zyl to defend ONERUN title

Updated: May 17, 2017

​Irvette van Zyl will turn out as the pre-race favourite on Sunday when the defending champion goes in search of back-to-back victories at the FNB Cape Town 12 ONERUN.
With in-form athlete Kesa Molotsane and a resurgent Louisa Leballo missing from the line-up, Van Zyl spearheads the elite women’s field, which was revealed by organisers on Wednesday.
“I am looking forward to the race. I had a really good run here in 2016 and would like to defend my title,” Van Zyl said.
“It is sad that Kesa is not here because we have had some great races this year, but that doesn’t mean that I can relax. There is Nolene Conrad and Cornelia Joubert to name but two who will be tough to beat.”
Conrad has displayed good form this season, earning bronze in the 5000m final at the SA Senior Championships in Potchefstroom last month (behind Molotsane and Van Zyl) and taking second place behind Van Zyl at the recent Two Oceans Half-Marathon.
Joubert set a 10km personal best of 33:46 at the opening leg of the Spar Women’s Grand Prix Series in Cape Town last month and finished fourth at the Two Oceans Half-Marathon.
While Diana-Lebo Phalula, who finished second at the ONERUN race last year, is also missing from the line-up as she is expecting her first child, her twin sister Lebogang has been included in the field.
Defending champion Stephen Mokoka was announced in the elite men’s line-up last week, along with Kenyan athlete Morris Munene Gachaga, who won the Paris Half-Marathon in March.
They are up against the likes of former SA half-marathon champion Lucky Mohale, local tack star Elroy Gelant and Namakoe Nkhasi of Lesotho.
Ethiopian teenager Walelign Belachew, who had also been included in the elite field, has since withdrawn.
A mass field of 13 000 entrants are set to take to the streets of the Mother City for the third edition of the annual 12km road race.
Adding a new dimension to the contest, which offers a R200 000 prize purse, the race features a 100m sprint en route to the finish, in the PUMA ‘Beat Bolt’ speed dash.
The fastest man and woman over that timed section of the route will receive a PUMA shopping voucher to the value of R10 000.
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