London Olympian Stephen Mokoka equalled his finishing position of two years ago when he raced to eighth spot at the IAAF World Half-Marathon Championships in Kavarna, Bulgaria on Saturday, writes Mark Etheridge.
Mokoka ended in 1hr 02min 06sec as Eritrea’s Zersenay Tadese won in 60:19. At the last world half-marathon champs in Birmingham, England two years ago, Mokoka also ended eighth. The other two men’s members of Team South Africa ended 18th and 49th respectively ÔÇô Gladwin Mzazi clocking 63:46 and Lucky Mohale 67:17.
Their collective time saw them end in seventh spot overall with time of 3:13:09 as Kenya was first of 13 men’s teams in 3:03:52. In 1998 and 1999 Hendrik Ramaala spearheaded Team South Africa to victory in the team category.
In the women’s race run earlier, Mokoka’s fellow Olympian, Rene Kalmer finished 16th in 73:16. She was followed home by Nolene Conrad in 77:51 and the younger Kalmer sister, Christine was 46th in 79:40.
Kalmer was 12th at 5km, 19th at 10km and 18th with six kilometres to run.
The trio’s time saw them ending sixth of nine teams in 3:50:47 as Kenya won in 3:27:52.