Olympians Kalmer and Mokoka take SA road titles

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... Read more

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.

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