Stephen Mokoka successfully defended his title on Saturday, while Janet Mbhele earned her maiden 21.1km crown at the Nelson Mandela Bay ASA Half-Marathon Championships in Port Elizabeth.
Mokoka, representing Athletics Gauteng North, won a fast men's race in 1:01:44, edging out Benard Bil by two seconds.
Another international visitor, Linus Ruto, finished third in the open race, another two seconds further back.
Elroy Gelant (1:01:48) of Athletics Central North West and Gladwin Mzazi (1:01:49) of Central Gauteng Athletics (CGA) were fourth and fifth respectively, securing silver and bronze in the national championship contest.
Foreign athletes dominated the women's race, with Mamorallo Tjoka of Lesotho taking the win in 1:10:46, more than a minute ahead of her nearest opponent. In her wake, Tjoka also became the new Southern Region champion.
Mbhele, turning out for KwaZulu-Natal Athletics, finished sixth overall in 1:13:07 to win gold in the national title race.
Lebogang Phalula (1:15:31) and Christine Kalmer (1:15:34) grabbed ninth and 10th positions for silver and bronze.
CAA Southern Region Results:
Thabang Mosiako (South Africa) - gold
Joel Mmone (South Africa) - silver
Lebenya Nkoka (Lesotho) - bronze
Mmamorallo Tjoka (Lesotho) - gold
Helalia Johannes (Namibia) - silver
Christine Kalmer (South Africa) - bronze
South Africa - gold,
Lesotho - silver
Namibia - third.
Namibia - gold
South Africa - silver
Issued By ASA
Photo Credit: Roger Sedres