ASA Half Marathon Championships Review

ASA Half Marathon Championships Review

Stephen Mokoka and Glenrose Xaba. Photo credit: Tobias Ginsberg

The ASA Half Marathon Championships in PE (Port Elizabeth) once again produced some outstanding performances in both the men’s and women’s races as was expected. The line-up for both races had SA’s finest distance runners and this could be seen in the times and duels that took place on the streets on Port Elizabeth. PE seems to be the home of the ASA Half Marathon Championships as conditions in the friendly city are conducive for fast times.

 

Stephen Mokoka and Glenrose Xaba were crowned the SA Champions. This was a much faster race then we saw in 2018 with Mokoka winning in a time of 1:00:56 improving on his time of 1:01:44 from 2018 in defending the title. Xaba also pushed hard in her debut race in the women’s race improving on Jenet Mbhele’s 2018 winning time of 1:13:07 by almost 2 minutes when she stormed over the line in 1:11:08.

 

The ASA Half Marathon Championships also served as the CAA Southern Region Half Marathon Championships so there were great local competitors as well as competitors from all over Africa.

 

Here’s a look at the Top 10 overall finishers:

Men

  1. Stephen Mokoka (AGN)1:00:56
  2. Elroy Gelant (ACNW) 1:01:00
  3. Precious Mashele (CGA) 1:01:21
  4. Joel Mmone (ACNW) 1:01:30
  5. Mbuleli Mathanga (AKZN) 1:01:50
  6. Pheeha Desmond Mokgobu (CGA) 1:01:55
  7. Khoarahlan Seutloali (Lesotho) 1:02:02
  8. Collen Mulaudzi (AGN) 1:02:12
  9. Milton Kekana (AGN) 1:02:16
  10. Melikhaya Frans (EPA) 1:02:20

 

Women

  1. Tadu Nare (Ethiopia) 1:10:20
  2. Sara Naibei (Kenya) 1:10:54
  3. Glenrose Xaba (AGN) 1:11:08
  4. Gerda Steyn (AGN) 1:11:53
  5. Jenet Mbhele (AKZN) 1:12:08
  6. Fortunate Chidzivo (Zimbabwe) 1:12:46
  7. Neheng Khatala (Lesotho) 1:13:14
  8. Lebo Phalula (CGA) 1:15:33
  9. Alina Armas (Namibia) 1:16:54
  10. Lebogang Phalulua-Luthuli (CGA) 1:17:03

 

Top 5 SA finishers:

Men

  1. Stephen Mokoka (AGN)1:00:56 SB
  2. Elroy Gelant (ACNW) 1:01:00 PB
  3. Precious Mashele (CGA) 1:01:21 SB
  4. Joel Mmone (ACNW) 1:01:30 PB
  5. Mbuleli Mathanga (AKZN) 1:01:50 PB

Women

  1. Glenrose Xaba (AGN) 1:11:08 PB
  2. Gerda Steyn (AGN) 1:11:53 PB
  3. Jenet Mbhele (AKZN) 1:12:08 PB
  4. Lebo Phalula (CGA) 1:15:33 SB
  5. Lebogang Phalulua-Luthuli (CGA) 1:17:03 SB

 

Great running all-round and PE confirming itself as the home of the SA Half-Marathon.

 

Written by Themba Madima

 

 

 

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