Athletics

SA men take team gold at 50km World Championships

2019-09-01 21:05
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Bongmusa Mthembu (right) (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - The South African men’s ultra-distance running outfit clinched the team prize at the 50km World Championships in Brasov, Romania on Sunday after claiming three of the top six finishers in the race.

Pietermaritzburg-based Comrades Marathon star Bongmusa Mthembu settled for sixth spot (2:50:23) as former Two Oceans champion Lungile Gongqa was the top placed South African in second position in 2:48:26 behind Spanish winner Iraitz Arrospide (2:47:42).

Reigning Comrades champion Edward Mothibi took fifth place in 2:49:49.

Joseph Manyedi came 11th in 2:51:46 and David Gatebe 21st in 3:02:43 to round off a great day for the “Mzansi” group.

As a group, the South African men came first in a total time of 8:28:38, followed by Germany (8:35:52) and Great Britain and Northern Ireland (8:41:00)

Meanwhile, Great Britain beat the USA and Austria to the women’s team title after a one-two finish by Alyson Dixon and Helen Davies. Dixon clocked a speedy 3:07:20 in her first ever ultra-marathon and Davies followed in 3:09:16.

Dixon’s time beat the previous world record of 3:08:39 set by South Africa’s Frith van der Merwe in 1989.

The SA women’s contingent were led home by Yolande Maclean who finished 17th in 3:28:47, with her compatriots well behind.

LEADING RESULTS IN ROMANIA:

Women

1. Alyson Dixon (GBR) - 03:07:20

2. Helen Davies (GBR) - 03:09:16

3. Alicia Perez (ESP) - 03:15:09

Men

1. Iraitz Arrospide (ESP) - 02:47:42

2. Lungile Gongqa (RSA) - 02:48:26

3. Daniel Nash (GBR) - 02:49:01

Women team

1. Great Britain and Northern Ireland - 9:39:33

2. USA - 10:03:18

3. Austria - 10:19:58

Men team

1. South Africa - 8:28:38

2. Germany - 8:35:52

3. Great Britain and Northern Ireland - 8:41:00

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