Who will break Snedeker’s Fiji record?
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.
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