Wesley Botton
Chief sports writer
1 minute read
29 Oct 2017
8:10 pm

Mokopane and Louw lift street mile crowns

Wesley Botton

National 20km record holders Lebogang Shange and Anel Oosthuizen won the men's and women's elite miles for walkers.

Rantso Mokopane. Gallo Images

Steeplechase specialist Rantso Mokopane and youth athlete Nicole Louw stunned some of the country’s top middle-distance athletes to win the men’s and women’s races at the Tembisa Street Mile on Sunday.

Mokopane, who earned the silver medal in the 3 000m steeplechase at the recent World Student Games, dominated the annual 1.609km battle through the streets of the East Rand township, securing victory in 4:06 and equalling the men’s race record set by Jerry Motsau last year.

Motsau was edged into second place in 4:07. Meanwhile, 16-year-old Louw outclassed her senior opposition to take the women’s title. Louw, who finished fifth in the girls’ 1 500m final at the World U-18 Championships earlier this year, crossed the line in an unofficial time of 4:51.

Earlier, Namakoe Nkhasi of Lesotho had coasted to his third straight win in the men’s 10km race. Nkhasi completed the event in 29:36, and though he was 10 seconds outside his own course record, he crossed the line 12 seconds clear of David Manja.

National champion Elroy Gelant ended third in 30:02. In the women’s 10km race, Mamorallo Tjoka ensured a double victory for Lesotho, taking the win in 34:50 to clip one second off the course record previously held by Zimbabwean athlete Rutendo Nyahora.

National cross country champion Glenrose Xaba was well off the pace in second position, clocking 35:34, and Lebogang Phalula finished third in 35:56.

National 20km record holders Lebogang Shange and Anel Oosthuizen won the men’s and women’s elite miles for walkers.