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Andreas sprints to 10k Victory

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Sunday, 19 May 2013 – Track athlete Jeromy Andreas won the men’s race at the SA 10km Championships on 19 May in Ethekwini in a dramatic fashion, outsprinting Namakoe Nkhasi to win the title in 29:03. The women’s race was won by Central Gauteng’s Lebo Phalula in 33:48.

University Sport of South Africa (USSA) was represented at the championships for the first time with three athletes competing on the day, one of them being Jeromy Andreas.  The University of Johannesburg Transport management student never expected to do so well but his chance of finishing strong became evident at the 9km mark.  “I am very surprised to be the champion. I didn’t expect to win.” said Andreas after the race. The last kilometer I used my speed as 5000m athlete to outsprint Namakoe.”  Andreas will represent USSA at the World University Championships in Kazan in July.

Junior athlete Namakoe Nkhasi (CGA) finished second in 29:06 while Lloyd Bosman finished in the bronze position, his time recorded at 29:15.  Xolisane Zamkele and SA Marathon Champion Benedict Moeng completed in the top five, their times were 29:18 and 29:27 respectively.

Lebo Phalula won the women’s race convincingly despite her knee giving her problems during the race preventing her from running a new personal best time.  Her best of 33:01 was recorded in 2008, but today she had to be satisfied with 33:48.  “I wanted to run hard and get 32 (minutes), but my knee didn’t allow me,” said the 29 year old from Central Gauteng.  In the end her lead over Christine Kalmer proved to be enough for the win.  Kalmer finished in 33:55 while the 24 year-old SA Marathon Champion Cornelia Joubert ensured her spot on the podium as she crossed the line in 34:46.  Mpho Mabuza and Carry-Ann Smith finished fourth and fifth. Their times were 35:09 and 35:48 respectively.

Apart from Smith, the top four athletes are all from Central Gauteng Athletics and also won the team prize for women.  Central Gauteng Athletics won both team prizes for men and women at the championships.

The junior men’s top finishers are Namakoe Nkhasi (29:06), Tumisang Monatlala (30:14), Adam Lipschitz (30:36), Micheal Pienaar (31:08) and Creel Chavalala (31:20).

Annie Bothma won the junior women’s race in 36:47. The Labuschagne triplets all featured in the top five taking the second, third and fifth position respectively with Silindile Chili finished fourth in 38:26.  Alicia, Olivia and Sindy recorded times of 37:21, 37:36 and 38:40 respectively.


1 Jeromy Andreas (USSA) 29:03
2 Namakoe Nkhasi (CGA) 29:06
3 Lloyd Bosman (SWD) 29:15
4 Xolisane Zamkele (AVT) 29:18
5 Bendict Moeng (AGN) 29:27

1 CGA 1:59:05
2 AGN 1:59:52
3 AVT 2:00:47

1 Lebo Phalulula (CGA) 33:48
2 Christine Kalmer (CGA) 33:55
3 Cornelia Joubert (CGA) 34:46
4 Mpho Mabuza (CGA) 35:09
5 Cary–Ann Smith (KZN) 35:48

1 CGA 2:17:38
2 WPA 2:25:48
3 AGN 2:26:15

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