South African athletes delivered some fine performances around the world over the weekend.
We look back on some of the highlights in Olympic codes at home and abroad.
Long-distance runner Stephen Mokoka produced a gutsy challenge on Sunday, taking third place at the Lake Biwa Mainichi Marathon in Otsu, Japan.
Mokoka completed the IAAF Gold Label race in 2:07:58, just 18 seconds outside his personal best over the classic 42.2km distance.
Saleh-Eddine Bounasr of Morocco crossed the line in 2:07:52, taking a late sprint to secure victory.
Sam Gaze of New Zealand and local rider Cherise Willeit were triumphant in the Mother City on Sunday, securing victory in the men’s and women’s races at the Cape Town Cycle Tour.
Gaze, turning out for the Investec-Songo-Specialized team, held off Jason Esterhuizen (TEG Pro Racing) to win a late charge for the line, completing the 109km men’s race in 2:39:42.
In the women’s 78km contest, Willeit (also riding for Investec-Songo-Specialized) won the race for the fourth time, reclaiming the title she last won in 2014. She crossed the line in 2:16:11, holding off a challenge from defending champion Kim le Court of Mauritius (Demacon MaxWax).
“I absolutely cannot believe it. It’s just such a special victory for me today, in front of my husband and kids.”Cherise Willeit
The South African contingent were not at their best, but Henri Schoeman managed to put up a fight in the elite men’s race at the World Triathlon Series season opener in Abu Dhabi on Saturday.
Schoeman finished seventh in 52:17, crossing the line 17 seconds off the pace of Spaniard Mario Mola, who took the win.
Richard Murray, bouncing back from a tendon injury, took 24th place, while Gillian Sanders finished 40th and Simone Ackermann was 46th in the elite women’s race.