Wesley Botton
Chief sports writer
1 minute read
12 Oct 2014
1:32 pm

Phalula twins complete series dominance

Wesley Botton

Lebogang Phalula burst clear in the early stages and held off a late charge from the chasing group to win the fifth and final leg of the Spar Women's Grand Prix 10km series in Johannesburg on Sunday.

PODIUM. Rutendo Nyahora (2nd, left), Lebogang Phalula (1st) and Mamorallo Tjoka (3rd) rounded up the podium at the Spar Women's 10km Challenge at the Wanderers Club on Sunday morning. Picture: Reg Caldecott

Phalula, who had opened a gap of more than 200m at the 8km mark, won the race in 34:34, with Zimbabwean Rutendo Nyahora producing a late surge to finish second just six seconds off the pace.

Mamorallo Tjoka of Lesotho, who will aim for her ninth Soweto Marathon title next month, took third place in a tight contest for the podium positions, crossing the line in 34:43.

Phalula’s twin sister, Diana-Lebo, who finished fifth, did enough to secure the overall series title and a new Nissan Micra.

“I’m very happy for my sister, but next year I want to win the series myself,” said Lebogang.

The siblings won four of the five races between them in this year’s Grand Prix series.

Results: 1 Lebogang Phalula 34:34, 2 Rutendo Nyahora 34:40, 3 Mamorallo Tjoka 34:43, 4 Irvette van Zyl 34:58, 5 Lebo Phalula 35:21, 6 Rene Kalmer 36:02, 7 Mapaseka Makhanya 36:27, 8 Tebogo Masehla 36:44, 9 Isabella Jepchumba 37:10, 10 Christine Kalmer 37:21