Andreas, Phalula win SA 10km titles
Debutant Jeromy Andreas won the SA 10km road running championships in Durban on Sunday, edging Namakoe Nkhasi in a sprint finish, and Lebo Phalula bagged the women's title.
"When we reached eight kilometres I knew I could win this race because I'm a specialist track athlete," Andreas said.
"I put my foot down over the last kilometre, broke away from the guys and they never caught me.
"There were many top runners here, but I did not want to concentrate on them. I told myself that I will run my own race and I did."
Lloyd Bosman looked to have the race sewn up as the lead group turned towards the finish with one kilometre to go, but 500 metres later he faded, giving Andreas and Nkhasi the edge as they entered the Kings Park Athletics Stadium.
Andreas, 21, kick hard and opened a gap of 15 metres to secure his first senior national title in 29 minutes, three seconds (29:03).
Nkhasi had the consolation of taking the SA junior title, three seconds behind, while Bosman hung on for the bronze medal in 29:15.
"The first lap was fairly easy but the pace picked up the second lap," Andreas said.
"It was my track speed that gave me the win.
"It was a really enjoyable course – awesome, very fast."
Phalula, meanwhile, overcame a knee injury to take the women's title in 33:48.
"I was looking for my personal best but it didn't happen and I thought, 'I'm already a winner, let me just continue'," said Phalula, who was second at the 10km championships in Kimberley last year.
She held off Central Gauteng teammate Christine Kalmer by seven seconds, with SA marathon champion Cornelia Joubert finishing third in 34:46.
1 Jeromy Andreas (USSA) 29:03
2 Namakoe Nkhasi (CGA) 29:06
3 Lloyd Bosman (SWD) 29:15
4 Xolisane Zamkele (AVT) 29:18
5 Bendict Moeng (AGN) 29:27
1 CGA 1:59:05
2 AGN 1:59:52
3 AVT 2:00:47
1 Lebo Phalulula (CGA) 33:48
2 Christine Kalmer (CGA) 33:55
3 Cornelia Joubert (CGA) 34:46
4 Mpho Mabuza (CGA) 35:09
5 Cary–Ann Smith (KZN) 35:48
1 CGA 2:17:38
2 WPA 2:25:48
3 AGN 2:26:15