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Xaba races to double triumph at SA Championships

Glenrose Xaba stole the show on Saturday as she blasted around the course to bag a memorable double at the ASA Cross Country Championships at North West University’s Pukke Sports Fields in Potchefstroom.

The Gauteng North (AGN) athlete, who won the national 10 000m women’s title on the track in April, displayed fine form by first winning the senior women’s 10km race, and then taking the 4km title.

Over the longer distance, defending champion Kesa Molotsane earned the silver medal and Maria Shai secured bronze.

Shai and Farida Zwane, who finished fourth, spearheaded the Central Gauteng (CGA) team to the gold medal in the team competition, with KwaZulu-Natal (KZNA) and AGN taking silver and bronze respectively.

Among the men, Precious Mashele (CGA) outclassed Joel Mmone and Steeplechase star Thabang Mosiako in the seniors’ 10km contest.

Mmone grabbed silver, Mosiako secured bronze and defending champion David Manja ended fourth, to lead host province Central North West (ACNW) to the team title ahead of CGA and KZNA. Mthobisi Baloyi was victorious in the 4km Men battle.

In other races at the national spectacle, which attracted over 3 800 entries in all youth and sub-youth age categories, Khayelihle Simelane and Rachel Leistra were triumphant in the Under-23 Men and 4km Women events.

Dais Malebane won the 8km Junior Men race and Thobile Vilakazi was victorious in the 6km Junior Women contest.


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