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A team of nine will represent South Africa in the IAAF World Half-marathon championships in Birmingham, England on October 11.

The team will be made up of six men and three women with the men’s team only being finalised later as only five male runners are allowed to start the Championships.

The team was selected after the recent Nedbank SA Half Marathon Championships in Port Elizabeth when runners produced some of the best times seen for a long time in the country.
That provisional team then competed in the Nedbank SA 10km championships in Stellenbosch recently to prove their fitness.

Three of the team members, Stephen Mokoka (AGN), Jeffrey Gwebu (CGA) and Lindikhaya Mthangayi (WPA) also represented South Africa at last year’s World Championships in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The other members of the six man group are Mbongeni Ngxazozo (CGA), Xolisa Tyali (CGA) and Olebogeng Masire (ACNW).

The women’s team consists of SA champion, Annerien van Schalkwyk (AGN) and Central Gauteng’s Rene Kalmer and Poppy Mlambo.

The team:
Men:
Stephen Mokoka (AVT); Xolisa Tyali (CGA); Mbongeni Ngxazozo (WPA); Jeffrey Gwebu (AVT); Lindikhaya Mthangayi (WPA) and Olebogeng Masire (ACNW)
Women: Poppy Mlambo (CGA); Annerien van Schalkwyk (AGN) and Rene Kalmer (CGA)


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