Soke bags SA 10k title

Boy Soke of South Africa and Helaria Johannes of Namibia emerge victors in their respective races at the Nedbank South Africa 10km Championships in Stellenbosch last weekend, according to the IAAF.

Soke won in a career best of 28:39, followed by Tshamano Setone (28:45), Enos Matalane (28:48), Kanie Simons (28:56), and Lukertz Swartbooi (28:56) respectively.

"It was important for me to prove that winning the 12 km at the South Africa Senior Cross country Championships last month was no fluke.

"I came to this race as one of the underdogs. This is why I ran conservatively for the first half of the race," said Soke.

Meanwhile, Namibian Helaria Johannes set a blistering pace right from the start to claim the women’s race in a personal best of 32:28 - improving her previous mark of 33:42.

South African Louisa Leballo settled for second place in 33:11 with Zimbabwean Sharon Tavengwa third in 33.24.

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