Olympic marathon runners Stephen Mokoka and Rene Kalmer successfully defended their South African half-marathon titles in Cape Town on Sunday.
Sapa reports that Kalmer, who won the Spar Women’s 10km Challenge in 34min 50sec in Pretoria on Saturday, shrugged off a niggling foot injury to win the women’s race in 1:14:40, bagging a spectacular weekend double.
A multiple national champion over a wide range of distances on the road and the track, 31-year-old Kalmer held off a challenge from her younger sister, Christine, who finished second in 1:15:23. Nolene Conrad secured third place in 1:16:13.
Mokoka, meanwhile, set a personal best to win the men’s race in 1:00.57.The versatile 27-year-old edged Lucky Mohale by eight seconds for the victory.
Mohale took the silver medal in 1:01.08 and Gladwin Mzazi bagged bronze in 1:01.38.