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Andreas annexes national 10km title in KZN

Track athlete Jeromy Andreas won Sunday’s national 10km championships in Ethekwini, KwaZulu-Natal in a dramatic fashion, outsprinting Namakoe Nkhasi to win the title in 29min 03sec. The women’s race was won by Central Gauteng’s Lebo Phalula in 33:48.

University Sport of South Africa (USSA) was represented at the championships for the first time with three athletes competing on the day, one of them being Andreas.

The University of Johannesburg Transport management student never expected to do so well but his chance of finishing strong became evident at the 9km mark.┬áÔÇ£I am very surprised to be the champion. I didn’t expect to win.ÔÇØ said Andreas after the race.

“The last kilometre I used my speed as 5000m athlete to outsprint Namakoe.ÔÇØ┬áAndreas will represent USSA at the World University Championships in Kazan, Russia in July.

Junior athlete Namakoe Nkhasi (CGA) finished second in 29:06 while Lloyd Bosman finished in the bronze position, his time recorded at 29:15. Xolisane Zamkele and SA Marathon Champion Benedict Moeng completed in the top five, their times were 29:18 and 29:27 respectively.

Lebo Phalula won the women’s race convincingly despite her knee giving her problems during the race and preventing her from running a new personal best time. Her best of 33:01 was recorded in 2008, but on Sunday she had to be satisfied with 33:48.

ÔÇ£I wanted to run hard and get 32 (minutes), but my knee didn’t allow me,ÔÇØ said the 29-year-old from Central Gauteng.┬áIn the end her lead over Christine Kalmer proved to be enough for the win.

Kalmer finished in 33:55 while 24-year-old SA Marathon Champion Cornelia Joubert ensured her spot on the podium as she crossed the line in 34:46.  Mpho Mabuza and Carry-Ann Smith finished fourth and fifth. Their times were 35:09 and 35:48 respectively.

Apart from Smith, the top four athletes are all from Central Gauteng Athletics and also won the team prize for women.  Central Gauteng Athletics won both team prizes for men and women at the championships.

The junior men’s top finishers are Namakoe Nkhasi (29:06), Tumisang Monatlala (30:14), Adam Lipschitz (30:36), Micheal Pienaar (31:08) and Creel Chavalala (31:20).

Annie Bothma won the junior women’s race in 36:47. The Labuschagne triplets all featured in the top five taking the second, third and fifth position respectively with Silindile Chili finished fourth in 38:26.┬á Alicia, Olivia and Sindy recorded times of 37:21, 27:36 and 38:40 respectively.