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Women’s day wins for Van Zyl, Phalula

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Irvette van Zyl and Lebogang Phalula celebrated Women’s Day with Totalsport Women’s Race victories in Johannesburg and Cape Town respectively on Wednesday.

Van Zyl dominated the 10km race, claiming gold at the Mary Fitzgerald Square, Newtown, in a time of 34min 09sec. ‘I didn’t really have a plan today, I just wanted to run fast,’ said a happy Van Zyl.

‘Although I led from the start, I knew that the other runners weren’t far behind, so I couldn’t slack down. The route wasn’t fast and flat as expected, but the vibe was great and the event was well organised. I had a great race.

‘A month ago, having come back from injury, I didn’t think that I’d be running this time again soon. I’m impressed with my performance and of course it’s always nice to win.’

Glenrose Xaba came in second, while Maria Shai finished third.

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In Cape Town Phalula was the one to beat, crossing the finish line first at the Grand Parade in 34:21.

According to Phalula, she desperately wanted to take part in the Cape Town race. ‘I told myself that I had to win today,’ says Phalula.

‘Nolene [Conrad] and Zintle [Xiniwe] went out strong. I knew I had to relax and didn’t push too hard at the start. I took the lead at round about the 3km mark.

‘Coming from Johannesburg, I didn’t think that anyone would know me here, but everywhere on the route there were people cheering and shouting my name. It was such a nice surprise. I love running in Cape Town. The vibe and support at the Totalsports Women’s Race is amazing.’

Conrad came in second, while Xiniwe finished third.

The 2017 Totalsports Women’s Race (Durban, Johannesburg and Cape Town) boast an impressive combined prize purse of R123 600, with each event being allocated a total of R41 200. The top eight finishers in the open and junior categories were awarded prize money, with the open winner taking home R10 000. Prize money was also allocated to the top three finishers in the age group categories 40-49, 50-59, 60-69 and 70+.

Pictures of Van Zyl and Phalula courtesy of Tobias Ginsberg and Mark Sampson

RESULTS
Johannesburg
1 Irvette van Zyl 34min 09sec, 2 Glenrose Xaba 34:37, 3 Maria Shai 36:08, 4 Cornelia Joubert 36:37, 5 Christine Kalmer 37:26, 6 Nqobile Thobile Vilakazi 38:14, 7 Katy van Meter 38:24, 8 Yolande Maclean 38:57, 9 Maria Vilakazi 39:09, 10 Judy Bird 39:35

Cape Town
1 Lebogang Phalula 34:21, 2 Nolene Conrad 34:59, 3 Zintle Xiniwe 35:38, 4 Vuyiseka Nkumenge 37:12, 5 Bulelwa Simae 37:22, 6 Ulrica Stander 38:09, 7 Candyce Hall 39:13, 08 Megan Dempster 39:56, 9 Ivy Sogiba 40:05, 10 Obertina Kanyongo 40:39


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