Molot­sane dom­i­nates mul­tirace road se­ries

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Long-dis­tance run­ner Kesa Molot­sane has been in amaz­ing form re­cently, and she’s con­sis­tently led the pack in the Spar Women’s Chal­lenge 10km road se­ries.

The 25-year-old is cur­rently sit­ting on top of the ta­ble with 78 points af­ter three races. Twenty-one points sep­a­rate her and second placed Irvette van Zyl, while Lebogang Phalula rounds off the top three with 51 points.

Molot­sane is in the lead af­ter com­ing second in the Dur­ban leg last month.

The Bloem­fontein-based KPMG run­ner lost to Bri­tish ath­lete Tish Jones, who is placed 12th on the ta­ble with 30 points.

The na­tional cross-coun­try and 5 000m track cham­pion won the Port El­iz­a­beth race in May af­ter tak­ing second place in her maiden road event in Green Point in Cape Town in April.

With only three races left be­fore the se­ries ends, she looks set to win the crown. Vet­eran Com­rades Marathon com­men­ta­tor Ian Lax­ton said Molot­sane’s strength was her con­sis­tency.

“She has been con­sis­tent and has a big lead, even if she doesn’t win the Pre­to­ria race,” he said.

“But she will still be a strong can­di­date to fin­ish high.” Lax­ton hailed Molot­sane as one of the strong­est ath­letes in the dis­tance run­ning scene in South Africa. “From the start, she was one of the most promis­ing young longdis­tance run­ners to come out of this, and has been for the past five or six years.” Fel­low run­ner Van Zyl, said: “Kesa is an ex­am­ple of the new blood com­ing through and there are a lot of ju­niors on the hori­zon. It’s all thanks to them that the stan­dard is im­prov­ing.” Spar mar­ket­ing di­rec­tor Abri Swart said the women’s chal­lenge was in line with the com­pany’s phi­los­o­phy of pro­vid­ing healthy fam­ily life­style op­tions.

“It is a chance for some ex­er­cise and for some peo­ple, per­haps, to move out of their com­fort zone.” Next year, the Spar Women’s Chal­lenge will cel­e­brate its 25th an­niver­sary in Port El­iz­a­beth, and Swart said it would be a first-class event.

Molot­sane will be hoping to in­crease her lead in the 10km race on Satur­day at Cen­tu­rion’s Su­perS­port Park.

PHOTO: ROGER SEDRES / GALLO IM­AGES

SET­TING THE PACE Kesa Molot­sane is on track to main­tain­ing her lead at the next leg of the Spar Women’s Chal­lenge

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