Mokoka leads SA’s self-funded athletes to fifth at world half-marathon champs

Stephen Mokoka spearheaded SA’s group of self-funded athletes to fifth place within the males’s group occasion on the world championships in Gdynia, Poland, on Saturday.

He clocked 59min 48sec to smash 15 seconds off his personal nationwide half-marathon file in Buenos Aires final yr, ending seventh within the particular person race.

Valuable Mashele ended 15th in 1hr 24sec and Collen Mulaudzi 23rd in 1:00:51 — each private bests — to make sure they completed within the cash, bagging themselves almost R100,00zero in whole.

Glenrose Xaba was 16th within the ladies’s race in 1:09:26, additionally a private finest.

“Given the background of their preparations, we’re very grateful for the achieved performances from all our athletes,” Athletics SA (ASA) president Aleck Skhosana mentioned in a press release issued by the federation.

TimesLIVE understands that each one 4 athletes paid their very own means over.

ASA, which had beforehand determined to not ship a group to this occasion citing fears of the Covid-19 pandemic, agreed to enter the athletes who have been eager to make their very own means there.​