MOKOKA AND MBHELE WIN ASA HALF MARATHON TITLES
July 29, 2018  

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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: 

Men Individual:

Thabang Mosiako (South Africa) - gold

Joel Mmone (South Africa) - silver

Lebenya Nkoka (Lesotho) - bronze

Women:

Mmamorallo Tjoka (Lesotho) - gold

Helalia Johannes (Namibia) - silver

Christine Kalmer (South Africa) - bronze

Men Contest:

South Africa - gold,

Lesotho  - silver

Namibia - third.

 

Team Contest:

Women:

Namibia - gold

South Africa - silver

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Photo Credit: Roger Sedres