Cape Town - Road runners dominated a long
weekend packed with fine performances, as the nation's elite athletes turned
out in various contests around the world.
On Saturday, Lebogang Shange
stepped on the podium at the IAAF Race Walking Challenge in Taicang, China.
Shange took third place in
1:23:45, crossing the line 1:29 behind Brazilian Caio Bonfim, who was fourth at
last year's Rio Olympics, in the men's 20km race.
Elsewhere, in Cape Town, marathon
runner Lungile Gongqa won the Old Mutual Two Oceans 56km ultra-distance
Gongqa completed the race in
3:09:43 to earn the first SA victory in the men's race in four years.
Maryna Damantsevich of Belarus
controlled the women's race from start to finish to bag the title in 3:37:13,
despite falling and scraping her knees at the start.
Local marathon specialist Jenna
Challenor, making her Two Oceans debut, ran a well-judged race to finish second
Namakoe Nkhasi of Lesotho set a
course record of 1:03:15 to win the men's half-marathon, and Irvette van Zyl
successfully defended her title in the women's event in 1:13:53.
On Monday, at the 121st edition
of the Boston Marathon, wheelchair racer Ernst van Dyk carried the SA flag once
Van Dyk, a record 10-time winner
at the race, grabbed second spot behind Swiss athlete Marcel Hug, the defending
champion, in a tightly contested sprint for the line.
Hug clocked a new world best of
1:18:03 on the downhill course, with the veteran South African finishing just
one second off the pace in a career best.
On the track, sprinter Ncincilili
Titi won the men's 200m race in 20.14 seconds at the Gamecock Invite Collegiate
Meeting in Columbia, South Carolina.
Titi, a World Student Games Relay bronze
medallist, finished 0.18 ahead of former world junior 100m champion Kendal
Williams of the United States, taking 0.27 off his personal best set in
Pretoria in April 2014.