ZIMBABWE’S road running queen, Rutendo Nyahora, successfully defended her Pretoria SPAR Women’s Challenge title after winning the women’s 10km race in Centurion, near Johannesburg, South Africa, yesterday.
BY SPORTS REPORTER
The 27-year-old Nyahora, who finished the race in 35 minutes and 26 seconds, saw off a challenge from one of her biggest rivals, South African Lebo Phalula, who finished a few seconds behind her in 35 minutes and 40 seconds.
Nyahora’s time was a bit slower than her winning time last year (34:54), although she romped to victory last year despite very hot conditions.
Last year, Phalula finished second again and this year’s time of 35:40 was also a bit slower than the previous year.
Her sister, Lebogang, who was one of the favourites to win the race in the absence of Irvette van Zyl, could not achieve a top-three position.
In third position was Glenrose Xaba from the Eskom Athletics Club, who finished in a time of 36 minutes and 13 seconds.
Van Zyl, the frontrunner in the SPAR Grand Prix series, unfortunately, had to withdraw from the race in her hometown.
She is still struggling with the foot injury that kept her out of the marathon at the Olympic Games.