Wesley Botton
Chief sports writer
1 minute read
5 Jun 2016
10:14 am

Van Zyl wins again in Durban

Wesley Botton

Van Zyl strung out a small lead group of five women and broke clear before the halfway mark.

FILE PICTURE: Irvette van Zyl during the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon media conference at the Cullinan Hotel on March 29, 2013 in Cape Town, South Africa.Photo by Peter Heeger / Gallo Images

Irvette van Zyl continued her unbeaten run on the domestic circuit this season, romping to another easy victory at the third leg of the Spar Women’s Grand Prix 10km series in Durban on Sunday.

Taking control in the early stages, Van Zyl strung out a small lead group of five women and broke clear before the halfway mark, securing victory in 33:26.

With her third straight win, Van Zyl extended her overall lead in the lucrative Grand Prix campaign.
“It was not all about time today,” she said after the race.

“Two weeks ago I fell in a training run and hurt me knee, so I just wanted to come out here and finish in the top five.

“I knew if I missed this race it would be really tough to win the Grand Prix, so I’m very happy to win.”

She crossed the line a full minute ahead of marathon specialist Cornelia Joubert, who finished second in 34:26, and Lebo Phalula was third in 34:39.

“I thought the girls would be much faster at the start, and it played into my hands that they did not want to run fast,” Van Zyl said.

“I did not think I would lead so early because I was a bit insecure about my own fitness.”
The fourth of five legs in the annual Grand Prix will be held in Centurion in September.