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Van Zyl, Phalula tops in women’s races

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London Olympian Irvette Van Zyl (Nedbank Athletics Club) had a stellar day of running on Saturday as she claimed the 10km Totalsports Ladies Race title in Stellenbosch in a time of 32min 20sec, a new personal best for this inspirational runner who recently returned from injury.

‘I’m still in shock,’ said a delighted Van Zyl. ‘I was hoping for a time of 33:15, not once did I expect to achieve a new personal best. Everything just went right today. The route wasn’t easy. There were a lot of turns with a few hills. I knew Rene was close to me. I kept hearing something behind me, but I think it was my pony tail hitting against my sun glasses’.

‘I am very happy to have won two out of the three Totalsports Ladies Race events this year,’ continued Van Zyl. ‘Unfortunately I would have had to be in two places today had I wanted to win the Johannesburg race as well.

‘I am enjoying running again and am therefore very excited about what lies ahead. Rene and I will be celebrating Women’s Day for the rest of the week here in Stellenbosch’. Van Zyl’s fellow Olympian, Rene Kalmer came in second, while Zintle Xiniwe finished third.

Results
1 Irvette van Zy 32:20, 2 Rene Kalmer 33:33, 3 Zintle Xiniwe 34:15, 4 Jenna Challenor 34:27, 5 Bulelwa Simae 36:34, 6 Pamella Moyikwa 36:53, 7 Candyce Hall 39:39, 8 Sandra van Graan 39:51, 9 Busisiwe Gwala 40:19, 10 Ursula Ans 40:37

Meanwhile in Johannesburg, Lebohang Phalula was the lady to beat in the Gauteng version of the  Totalsports Ladies Race on Saturday.

‘I am very happy with today’s win,’ said Phalula, who completed the race in 36:01. ‘I didn’t race much last year because I was pregnant. I thought my sister would win today, so I was hoping for a top three position.

‘It’s my first win in two years. I had a good race and really enjoyed the support on route. I will definitely be back next year to defend my title’. Mapaseka Makhanya came in second, while Rutendo Nyahora finished third.

Results
1 Lebohang Phalula 36:01, 2 Mapaseka Makhanya 37:09, 3 Rutendo Myahora 37:23, 4 Diana Phalula 38:51, 5 Tebogo Masehla 39:01, 6 Keneilwe Sesing 39:08, 7 Carina Viljoen 41:38, 8 Kefilwe Molefe 42:11, 9 Salome van der Westhuizen 42:35, 10 Myrette Filmater 43:16.


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