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Mohale, van Blerk take SA 10km Titles


Lucky Mohale wins 10km Championships

Lucky Mohale wins 10km Championships

Central Gauteng’s Lucky Mohale surprised the best of South Africa’s middle distance athletes with a gun to tape win in the 2011 SA 10km Championships in Germiston on Sunday 22 May.

In cool conditions, the 25 year-old bolted from the pack as soon as the gun went off and after 3km (covered in 8.29 due to the long downhill), Mohale was already 12 sec ahead of a bunch around 30 athletes.
The first 5km were a gradual downhill and that and Mohale’s breathtaking attack meant a fast pace to the halfway mark (14.14) with Mohale still holding a 10sec gap on the chasing pack which by now had been whittled down to around 12 athletes including the big guns, Steven Mokoka, Kgosi Tsosane, Richard Mavuso, Sibusiso Nzima and Elroy Galant.

The course started to climb just after the 5km mark and there was a sense of urgency in the chasing pack as they sought to close down the leader. Looking to make a move 6.5km into the race, Steven Mokoka was tripped by Gauteng North teammate Kgosi Tsosane. Mokoka hit the tarmac hard, but was up quickly and gave chase to the group, went straight past them and then gradually proceeded to whittle down the lead of Mohale. Mokoka was able to close the gap from 10seconds to two between kilometers 7 and 8, but the fall and the hard chasing took something out of him. Mohale was able to surge away again and crossed the line 29minutes dead.

Mokoka was second in 29.16 with Kgosi Tsosane rounding out the podium (29.20).

Mohale – 4th at last year’s 10km championships – had planned to attack from start and the tactic was clearly a good one. “This is how I race,” Mohale said. “I always attack.” Mohale started running in 2002 under the watchful eye of 2004 SA Marathon Champion, Johannes Kekana and in the last year his improvements have been dramatic. Mohale won the 2010 SA Half Marathon title and clipped 2 minutes off his best. Mohale ran his debut Marathon debut in 2010 clocking a 2:10;35 in Casablanca, where he finished 5th.

“From now my focus  is on the National Half Marathon Championships in July, I am the defending champion so I need to do well.

Coming into the race, Mohale had run 29min 22sec 10km (Asics RAC 10km race) a week before the Championships and just missed the course record of Shadrack Hoff by 3seconds, so he know he was in good shape coming into today’s championships.

Mokoka wasn’t unhappy with his race. “I was supposed to run a half marathon in Sweden yesterday (21 May), but I wrote exams on Friday and had a bit of a cold, so I couldn’t go. But I am happy. I am preparing for the World 10 000m Championships in August and am doing hard training again. It is also hard to fall and get straight up and try and catch a leader. But I am happy.”

The ladies race was won by Irvette van Blerk who went into the lead after 2km. The Phalula twins went out hard for the first 2km and van Blerk had to hang on, but after that she took control of the race. “I thought they would catch me on the hill (5km), so I just kept my head down and pushed.”

In the end she needn’t have worried to much as she won by almost a minute. Van Blerk crossed the line in 34.03 with Lebo Phalula clocking 35.01 and sister Lebogang 35.07.



1. Lucky Mohale                   CGA                           29.00
2. Steven Mokoka                  AGN                           29.16
3. Kgosi Tsosane                  AGN                           29.20
4. Xolisa Tyali                           CGA                           29.22
5. Richard Mavuso                  AGN                           29.25


1. Irvette van Blerk                  CGA                           34.03
2. Lebo Phalula                           CGA                           35.01
3. Lebogang Phalula                  CGA                           35.07
4. Louisa Leballo                  AGN                           35.10
5. Zintle Xiniwe                           WPA                           35.38

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