The hotshot middle and long-distance athlete from the Kovsies, Kesa Molotsane, had a hard time over the first three quarters of the race to grab gold at the Bestmed Klein Karoo Street Mile (1609m) for women in Oudtshoorn on Saturday.
The 24-year-old Molotsane had to pull out all the stops to get rid of the 17-year-old Simonay Weitsz (Boxer EC), one of the best middle- distance athletes in the country in the youth age group (u.18). From the starter’s pistol, Weitsz went out like a bullet but Molotsane kept her in her sight and remained in striking distance over the first 1200m.
With 400m to go, Molotsane drew level with Weitsz and went into overdrive to eventually beat Weitsz comfortably. Molotsane clocked a new course record, breaking the tape in a brisk 4:37,78, whilst Weitsz recorded 4:46,15.
Hats off to Weitsz. She took the bull by the horns and in the process won the junior race.
The 17-year-old Chery-Lee Schoeman (KPMG), who is a youth age group athlete as well, finished in a neat third place overall. She stopped the clock at 5:06,35.
Molotsane told Courant: “I didn’t have a great race. I just kept going. I got into my stride over the last 200m and from thereon it was all systems go. Fortunately, I will contest all three street miles in the series this year and I believe I can only improve at the remaining races.”
The second of the Bestmed Street Mile series was staged in George on Tuesday (after going to the printers) and the last one will be in Hartenbos today (22 December).
Bloemfontein’s semi-finalist in the 800m at the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games a few months ago, Rynhardt van Rensburg (Kovsies), finished in a decent sixth place in the mile for men. This is approximately 800m further than the liking of Van Rensburg and he should be satisfied with his time of 4:06,00 during his off season.
The winner, Amos Nyanga (Ikhamya), had it all his way when he pocketed the winner’s cheque of R4000 for his time of 3:55,60. Jerry Motsau (NWU Pukke, 4:00,10) and Thabang Matiwane (University of Johannesburg, 4:03,35) had to settle for distant second and third places respectively. – RUFUS BOTHA