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Gelant and Phalula are tops at off-road trials
- Updated: January 27, 2013
Reigning SA cross-country champion Elroy Gelant, won the 12-kilometre men’s trials at the Boksburg stadium on Saturday after delivering a strong performance against a record number of athletes in the field.
The 26-year-old also won the trials the previous year in Potchefstroom and claimed the national title at the SA Championships in Amanzimtoti. ÔÇ£I had everything under control from the start of the race,ÔÇØ said Gelant after his win.┬áÔÇ£It was just a bit of a disappointment not to see someone like Stephen Mokoka there.ÔÇØ
Gelant’s main focus this year will still be on the track as a 5000m athlete, but for now all attention will be focused on preparation for the World Cross Country Championships.
Kgosi Tsosane finished second while Desmond Mokgobu, Lucky Mohale and David Manja came in shortly afterwards.┬á Lungisa Mdedelwa is the sixth athlete in the squad for the Southern Region Cross Country Championships taking place on 3 February in Lesotho.
Lebo Phalula claimed the top spot in the senior women’s race over 8km after beating the 27-year-old Mapaseka Makhanya.┬áÔÇ£I am not in good shape at the moment because I am still training,ÔÇØ said Phalula after the race.┬áÔÇ£It was also very hot and humid out there.ÔÇØ
Nolene Conrad did not reproduce her SA Cross Country Championships performance on Saturday and had to be satisfied with a third place finish.┬áMpho Mabuza┬á and Christine Kalmer finished fourth and fifth respectively.
The junior men’s race was won by Namakoe Nkhasi from Central Gauteng Athletics while Creel Chavalala (also from CGA) and Rantso Mekopane (ACNW) finished second and third respectively.
Victory in the junior women’s race over 6km went to Nonhlanhla Dlamini from Central Gauteng Athletics.┬áAMPU’s Glenrose Xaba finished ahead of Annie Bothma (WPA).