NATIONAL RECORD holder Stephen Mokoka to lead South Africa to the World Athletics Half-Marathon Championships.
He will be accompanied by a team of 10 members taking place in Gdynia, Poland on 20 March 2020.
This was confirmed by the Athletics South Africa this past weekend.
Mokoka, who clocked 59:51 in Buenos Aires last year, will lead four SA men at the biennial road running showpiece, namely Precious Mashele, marathon star Desmond Mokgobu, as well as experienced campaigner Joel Mmone and Mbuleli Mathanga
The five-member SA women’s team will be spearheaded by Glenrose Xaba, who will make her World Athletics Half-Marathon Championships debut after dipping under 70 minutes over the 21.1km distance last year.
She will line up alongside ultra-distance star Gerda Steyn, who will be eager to display her tremendous versatility, as well as Jenet Mbhele and twin sisters Lebo Phalula and Lebogang Phalula-Luthuli.
“We have now selected our best possible team. It is a team that carries a lot of hopes on their individual shoulders. We therefore, have confidence in them that they will do us proud.
“This is a team that has the potential to bring back silverware and we urge them to remain focussed on what lies ahead,” said Aleck Skhosana, the President of ASA.
Collen Mulaudzi will provide cover for the men’s team as a non-travelling reserve, while Makhosi Mhlongo has been confirmed as a non-travelling reserve in the women’s squad.
For Mokoka, he will be aiming to finish among the top 10 for the fourth time at the world Athletics championships.
Image (Stephen Mokoka to spearhead a team of 10-strong members to the World Athletics Half-Marathon Championships in Poland).