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Endurance aces fine-tune for Rio at national championships
- Updated: July 30, 2016
By Mark Etheridge
Team South Africa’s 2016 Olympians Stephen Mokoka and Irvette van Zyl both won national titles at the ASA half-marathon championships in Port Elizabeth on Saturday.
Mokoka clocked 1hr 01min 26sec as he ended second, 10 seconds behind Kenya’s Edwin Koech while Van Zyl (pictured above) was beaten by another Kenyan, Sheila Chesang. The fast-finishing athlete, wife of three-time Olympian hurdler LJ, ran a time of 1:11:00 to be pipped by just two seconds.
Mokoka will run the 10,000m on 13 August while Van Zyl lines up for the women’s marathon the next day.
Two other Rio-bound Olympians were in action on a cold and wet Port Elizabeth morning.
Lusapho April clocked 62:39 and Sibusiso Nzima was two seconds ahead of him. Both will run the men’s marathon on 21 August, the final athletics event of the Games.