Wesley Botton
Chief sports writer
1 minute read
29 Mar 2015
11:15 am

Makhanya wins 10km series opener

Wesley Botton

Mapaseka Makhanya outclassed a quality field on Sunday, smashing the race record to win the opening leg of the Spar Grand Prix women's 10km series in Cape Town.

FILE PICTURE: Mapaseka Makhanya. (Photo by Reg Caldecott/Gallo Images).

Zimbabwean Rutendo Nyahora set a blistering early pace but was soon caught by Makhanya, Lebogang Phalula and Rene Kalmer. While she lost ground before the 5km mark, with Makhanya and Phalula surging ahead to pass halfway in 16:14, Nyahora fought back in the closing stages.

Catching the lead duo, after Kalmer slipped off the back of the group, Nyahora joined Makhanya as they dropped Phalula with less than 3km to go. Makhanya drew clear of a tiring Nyahora in the chase for the line, winning her first Spar Grand Prix race in 18 months.

Her time of 32:54 eclipsed the previous race record of 33:06 set by Lebo Phalula last year, albeit on a different course.

“It was a great run against tough competition,” Makhanya said.

“This is my first win in Cape Town, so it’s a special one.”

Nyahora finished second in 33:03, also dipping under the previous mark, and Lebogang Phalula was third in 33:20.