Chabeli Nyedimane was in a class of his own in the half marathon (21,1 km) race at the annual Vic Theron Laboratories and Webbers Attorneys road race meeting, which was staged in Bloemfontein on Saturday. The race was hosted by Nedbank Bloemfontein Achilles.
Nyedimane took the bull by the horns from the sound of the starting pistol and won the race in a brisk inland time of 1:07:44. In the process he beat second placed David Molhiselwa (1:17:10) by close to ten minutes. Motlatsi Sesing (1:18:11) had to settle for third in a sluggish 1:18:11.
The race for women saw a much closer affair with Annah Moeketsi, who had to pull out all the stops to grab hold of gold. She clocked 1:27:46, but was constantly aware of a challenge from the ever present Maryna Swanepoel (1:28:21), who finished second, less than a minute behind Moeketsi. Nelmarie Loubser (1:39:07) had to be content with a distant third in 1:39:07.
In the 10km event, a visitor from Johannesburg, Keneilwe Sesing, hardly broke a sweat to get rid of Bloemfontein ultra-distance star, Paulina Njeya. Sesing, who boasts a best of less than 35 minutes for the 10km, seemed like enjoying a Sunday afternoon jog when she crossed the line in a slow 39:16. Njeya was second in 40:06, followed by Marmari Pienaar in 49:06.
There were no serious sparks flying around either in the 10km for men. Pule Hlabahlaba pocketed the prize money for the first man home in a very slow 34:52. It was obvious that he took it very easy when he played cat and mouse with the second overall finisher, Louis Botha (34:54), who finished two seconds adrift. Botha was crowned the junior winner. Wium Adendorf (43:48) was third. – RUFUS BOTHA