Three-medal haul on road in Rus­sia lifts SA stu­dents’ col­lec­tion to 11

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SOUTH AFRICA’S road run­ning con­tin­gent were de­lighted yes­ter­day af­ter scoop­ing three medals in the men’s half­marathon at the World Stu­dent Games in Kazan, Rus­sia.

Glad­win Mzazi won the in­di­vid­ual gold medal, out­sprint­ing coun­try­man Stephen Mokoka, who grabbed sil­ver, to se­cure vic­tory in the men’s road race in 1:03.37.

Xolisane Zamkele was sev­enth in 1: 05.38, as the trio claimed the team gold medal, lift­ing Team South Africa’s tally to 11 medals in to­tal.

Mzazi, who won the 10 000m ti­tle at the 2009 Games in Bel­grade, and was fifth in the half­marathon at the 2011 Games in Shen­zhen, was pleased to have achieved his goal.

“I’m very happy to have won the race. I wanted to go home with a gold medal,” Mzazi said.

“We took con­trol from the start, and ob­vi­ously if there is team work it makes things much eas­ier.

“We strug­gled a bit over the last 10km be­cause the tem­per­a­ture was get­ting higher and higher, so the weather af­fected us, but we did very well.”

Mokoka, who won gold in the men’s 10 000m fi­nal ear­lier in the week, also said they had bat­tled in the hot and hu­mid con­di­tions, and he was glad they had worked to­gether as a team.

“The main goal was to get the team gold be­cause we have never won the team com­pe­ti­tion be­fore.

“Ev­ery­thing went ac­cord­ing to plan,” Mokoka said.

In the women’s half­marathon, Them­beka Ng­wenya was 20th in 1:32.24, while Thit­shaamba Ravhan­dalala with­drew shortly be­fore the fin­ish.

In the swim­ming pool in the morn­ing ses­sion, Richard El­lis clocked 25.97 sec­onds to book his place in the semi-fi­nals in the men’s 50m back­stroke event, to be held in the evening.

Else­where in the evening ses­sion, on the track, Ry­nardt van Rens­burg lined up in the men’s 800m fi­nal, with Jeromy An­dres and An­dries Hlaselo do­ing like­wise in the men’s 5 000m fi­nal.

The men’s 4x100m and 4x400m re­lay teams, and the women’s 4x400m quar­tet, will also com­pete in the fi­nals of their events.

Getty Im­ages

FI­NAL NAIL: Bryce He­garty scores the match-win­ning try for the Rebels yes­ter­day.


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