South African Athletics

Runners not giving up the fight ahead of the Spar 10km finale

2017-08-23 18:03
Running (AFP)

Cape Town - The quest for the Spar Women’s 10km Grand Prix Challenge crown, which has continued for the past five months is headed coming to an end with log leader Kesa Molotsane sitting confidently at the top of the log standings. 

One race remains after five previous events (Cape Town, Nelson Mandela Bay, Durban, Pretoria and Pietermaritzburg) of the six legs had been decided.  The last race of the series, which will take place in Johannesburg was launched on Wednesday. 

The championship is almost decided, as newcomer, Molotsane leads three-time champion, Irvette van Zyl by a considerable 21 points.  Van Zyl saw her claim to the crown fatally undermined when she could not compete in the Durban leg, in June, due to injury, a fracture in her sacrum, which she suffered a few days before the event. 

As things stand, the only way she could win the series is if she gets bonus points and Molotsane finishes outside the top 20, which is highly unlikely for someone who has won three legs already and finishing in the top three in the other two races. 

Van Zyl said having recovered from the injury, she feels she has some additional gears still to find. 

“The recovery process has been difficult but at least I can now run pain-free.  The fitness isn’t where it should be but I want to try and do my best on the day.  I really wanted to win Pietermaritzburg with bonus points and I did win the bonus points but unfortunately after really trying hard I ended up in the third place.  I need to work on my fitness levels so I can be a bit stronger because I didn’t feel as strong as I wished I would in the race (Pietermaritzburg) and Kesa just made everything look effortless,” said Van Zyl. 

The Johannesburg leg takes place on Sunday, October, 8 and entries for both the 5km and 10km run are still open. 

Top five log

1.     Kesa Molotsane   137 

2.     Irvetter van Zyl  116 

3.     Nolene Conrad  87 

4.     Lebogang Phalula 84 

5.     Glenrose Xaba  80 

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