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SA duo do the double

South Africans raced to a 1-2 finish at the CAA Southern Region half-marathon championships in Malawi at the weekend.

Central Gauteng’s Sibusiso Nzima and Irvette van Blerk took line honours in the 21.1-kilometre event which was contested by eight countries.

Nzima was faced with a tough choice of whether to defend his senior men’s 12km title at the national cross-country championships in Tshawane, also this weekend.

But his gamble came off as he clocked one hour 5min 42sec, with four fellow South Africans in the top six finishers.

Boy Soke, former national 10km road champion, was second in 65:50, Samuel Segoaba third in 65:54, Lungisa Mdedlwa fourth in 66:28 and Noksinathi Madyo sixth in 67:44) making it a clean sweep of positions for the rainbow nation.

Van Blerk, our leading light on the road scene currently, led an equally impressive women’s contingent in Malawi.

She took the title in 76:54 and was followed by another four South Africans in Louisa Leballo 80:19, Zintle Xiniwe 80:25, Mpho Mabuza 80:50 and Thozama April 80:51.