SA duo win Two Oceans half

2012-04-07 08:31

Johannesburg - Local runners dominated the Two Oceans half-marathon, with Xolisa Tyali and Rene Kalmer winning the men's and women's races in cold, wet conditions in Cape Town on Saturday morning.

Tyali broke clear in the approach to the finish, holding off Joel Mmone and Lucky Mohale to win a sprint finish in one hour, four minutes and 54 seconds (1:04.54).

Mmone was second in 1:05.01 and a fading Mohale took third place in 1:05.09, with eight SA men finishing among the top 10.

Kalmer, the only SA woman to have qualified for the marathon event at the London Olympic Games, won comfortably, smiling and waving to the crowd at the finish before she crossed the line in 1:15.02.

Her training partner, Irvette van Blerk, who will target the Olympic qualifier at the London Marathon later this month, finished second in 1:16.22.

Zimbabwean Rutendo Nyahora, third in 1:18.30, was the only foreign athlete among the top 10 women.

Results of the Two Oceans half-marathon in Cape Town on Saturday morning:

21km: Men: 1 Xolisa Tyali 1:04.54, 2 Joel Mmone 1:05.01, 3 Lucky

Mohale 1:05.09, 4 Tshamano Setone 1:05.22, 5 David Manya 1:05.50

Women: 1 Rene Kalmer 1:15.02, 2 Irvette van Blerk 1:16.22, 3 Rutendo

Nyahora 1:18.30, 4 Zintle Xiniwe 1:19.39, 5 Christine Kalmer 1:20.05


  • Eric - 2012-04-07 09:02

    Got to laugh at those Cape Tonians! It's not a REAL marathon (42.195km) and there is only ONE ocean, i.e. the Atlantic! The Indian Ocean starts at Cape Agulhas! DUH!

      Eric - 2012-04-07 09:20

      You can give me 100 thumbs down, but you KNOW that I am 169% correct!! The pretentious Cape Tonians would love to move the (internationally recognised) divide between the two oceans to Cape Point, if they could. Shoo-wah!! :)

      Nic - 2012-04-07 09:55

      Shame feeling left out? What about the 56 km ultra marathon being run today as well? Guess you didnt know that. Go and troll somewhere else with you fake fb profile pal...then maybe your point might be taken a bit more seriously...

      Stormkaap - 2012-04-07 11:33

      Eric go learn you geography again.. I suppose the Agulhus current stops right @ Agulhus..

      Roy - 2012-04-07 11:34

      Ass---e,stay in Joburg or wherever you are because you have no mountain or sea only "mine dumps". We can do without your type here in Cape Town. CHOP!

      Roy - 2012-04-07 11:38

      Jealously makes you a nasty "person". Do you make many friends or do you dislike yourself?

      Anton - 2012-04-07 13:10

      Eric, this article is about the half marathon. Maybe life in Agulhas has slowed you down a bit?!

  • mahlatsefortune.mamakoko - 2012-04-07 11:18

    congradulation for all people who take part in ocean marathono in cape town

  • Stormkaap - 2012-04-07 11:34

    And you are the only fool that believes that the two currents meet @ the Point.

      Stormkaap - 2012-04-07 11:35

      This was meant for Smart Eric

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