Who will break Snedeker’s Fiji record?

CityPress - - Sport - PULE MOKHINE pmokhine@city­press.co.za

She and Kesa Mo­let­sane are putting pres­sure on each other, with four races com­pleted and two left. Mo­let­sane’s 107 points give her a 19-point lead over Van Zyl, who has 88.

Van Zyl (Ned­bank) won on Satur­day in 34.36 min­utes, 12 sec­onds ahead of No­lene Con­rad (KPMG), while Mo­let­sane (KPMG), who won the Port El­iz­a­beth race in May, fin­ished third in 34.53 min­utes.

All three earned 10 bonus points for fin­ish­ing within the tar­get time set by the race or­gan­is­ers.

Mo­let­sane has also been de­clared the win­ner of the Cape Town race, which took place ear­lier this year, af­ter the win­ner, Louisa Le­ballo, was dis­qual­i­fied from the Grand Prix stand­ings be­cause she failed an out-of-com­pe­ti­tion dop­ing test in March.

Le­ballo has been banned for eight years and her Spar Chal­lenge re­sults have been nul­li­fied.

“Louisa be­ing banned doesn’t re­ally af­fect the Grand Prix,” said Van Zyl.

“It just means that Kesa and I get an ex­tra point each. I haven’t given up on win­ning the Grand Prix this year. I won it last year, de­spite not be­ing able to run the Pre­to­ria race be­cause I was in­jured.”

The three-time 10km race win­ner said she had set her sights on do­ing well in the two re­main­ing races.

On Au­gust 20 in Pi­eter­mar­itzburg, the pair will con­tinue the con­test for the num­ber one spot in this year’s chal­lenge and win­nings of R173 000.

The last race in the se­ries will be in Johannesburg on October 8.

Mo­let­sane, who is run­ning in the Spar Women’s Chal­lenge for the first time this year, said she was de­ter­mined to stay ahead of the pack in the race for the Grand Prix ti­tle.

“I am en­joy­ing run­ning on the road in­stead of the track, and I would like to cap my year with the Grand Prix ti­tle,” she said.

In the club com­pe­ti­tion, Mo­let­sane and Con­rad’s club, KPMG, has stretched its lead over Van Zyl’s club, Ned­bank, from eight points to 91. KPMG have 441 points, and Ned­bank 350. The Boxer club is in third po­si­tion with 314 points. Play­ers com­pet­ing at the Fiji In­ter­na­tional at Nata­dola Bay Cham­pi­onship Golf Course will be in­tent on break­ing de­fend­ing cham­pion Brandt Snedeker’s par record.


ON TOP Wayde van Niek­erk is mak­ing sure lo­cal sprint­ers get no­ticed NOT FAR TO GO Akani Sim­bine has age on his side and a bright fu­ture looks im­mi­nent


HEAT­ING UP Sec­ond-placed Irvette van Zyl is aim­ing for a se­ries win

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