Xaba eighth to claim Grand Prix

Con­sis­tency in se­ries pays off

Sowetan - - Dipapadi - By Sowe­tan Re­porter

Glen­rose Xaba has be­come the eighth ath­lete to win the cov­eted Spar Women’s 10km Chal­lenge Grand Prix, fin­ish­ing the 2018 se­ries in style with a to­tal of 104 points.

Xaba, 23, of the Boxer Club won the Pre­to­ria Chal­lenge, fin­ished sec­ond in three races – Cape Town, Port El­iz­a­beth and Dur­ban – and came fourth in Jo­han­nes­burg. She and three other run­ners, in­clud­ing last year’s Grand Prix win­ner, were dis­qual­i­fied in the Pi­eter­mar­itzburg race for tak­ing the wrong route, but this did not pre­vent her from win­ning the ti­tle, with prize money of R185 000.

Xaba joins su­per­stars like Poppy Mlambo, Rene Kalmer, Ma­paseka Makhanya, Irvette van Zyl, the Phalula twins Di­ana-Lebo and Le­bo­gang, and lasy year’s Kesa Mo­let­sane.

“I am very happy to have won the Grand Prix,” she said.

“The prize money is very im­por­tant, but what is more im­por­tant is that I feel very hum­bled to be ranked along­side run­ners like Kesa and Irvette.

“I am proud of what I have achieved,” said Xaba.

Her run­ner-up Rudo Mhon­derwa of Zim­babwe, did not have podium fin­ishes, but earned 97 points and R60 000 for fin­ish­ing fourth three times, fifth once and sixth twice. Third was Ru­tendo Nya­hora, with 92 points.

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