Kicking off the day with some thrilling performances from Gladwin Mzazi, Desmond Mokgobu, and Precious Mashele in the long-distance of 21km Senior Men which was combined with the veteran race. The race was stunningly fast from the gun start, which saw Mzazi taking the lead in 1 kilometre followed by Mokgobu who ran toe to toe with Mashele for the whole race. In the last 7km, Mokgobu took the lead to pass Mzazi along with Mashele, however, Mashele fought to finish the race in a photo-finish style with Mokgobo crossing the finish line in 01:04:38 to claim the gold medal. Mashele secured the second position in 01:04:39 while Mzazi claimed the silver medal in the time of 01:05:35.
“Today’s race was meant to help me to prepare to qualify for Tokyo Olympics Marathon”, said Mokgobu.
A South African long-distance runner, Lebo Phalula who competed in the Women’s Marathon event at the 2016 Olympics Games was confident to triumph over CGA Half Marathon after winning the 5,000m Women’s race at the CGA Track and Field Championships held in Boksburg last month. Lebo dominated the CGA 21km women’s race to earn the gold medal in a time of 01:16:32. In a post-race interview, she indicated that she really enjoyed the race as she is also preparing for the National Championships where she will be running the 5,000m event on the 15 to 17 April 2021 in Pretoria.
The highlight of the 10km race was the senior men event which saw Kabelo Seboko sprinted away onto the final bend finishing straight to win the race in the time of 30:35:00. Kabelo Melamo settled for the silver medal and missing the provincial title by 19 seconds clocking 30:54:00.
In the 10km Senior Women race, Cacisile Sosibo concluded the championships with some additional buzz of excitement when she paced up the race tempo to claim the first prize in the time of 36:57:00. Nicole van der Merwe attempted to close a gap in the last 2km to finish second with the brilliant time of 37:10:00.
“We are so pleased to put this event together since we have not given athletes an opportunity to compete and qualify for the National Championships in the distance of 10km and Half Marathon. It is important to encourage clubs that it is possible to host road races for our runners during this era of COVID-19,” said CGA Road Running chairperson Colleen McNally.
The respective provincial 10km and Half Marathon teams will be announced in due time, and a special thanks to the media, coaches, and all athletes that took part in this well-organized race.