Glenrose Xaba and Shirley Nekhubui Win Impressive Second Gold Medals on Saturday

Distance runner Glenrose Xaba (AGN) secured her second gold medal of the week in the 10,000m, after winning gold in the 5,000m on Thursday, on Day 3 at the ASA Senior Combined Events and Relays Champs at Msunduzi Athletics Stadium in Pietermaritzburg on Saturday, 20 April 2024. Photo: Athletics SA / Cecilia van Bers

Central Gauteng Athletics sprinter Shirley Nekhubui achieved an impressive double gold in the women’s 200m and 400m events, on Day 3 at the ASA Senior Combined Events and Relays Championships powered by Jungle at Msunduzi Athletics Stadium in Pietermaritzburg on Saturday, 20 April 2024.

First she won the 200m final in 23.28, holding off challenges from her provincial teammate Kayla la Grange (23.39) and ACNW athlete Tamzin Thomas (23.41) who finished third to take bronze. 

Nekhubui then returned to the track, triumphing in the 400m final in 51.77. African champion Miranda Coetzee of Athletics North West North (ANWN) was second in 52.50 and AGN athlete Jada van Staden finished third (52.65).

Competing in warm conditions, distance runner Glenrose Xaba (AGN) also secured her second gold medal of the week in the 10,000m, after winning gold in the 5,000m final at the champs on Thursday.

“I’m very happy. This shows if you believe in yourself, work hard and listen to your coach by following the programme, you will run well.”

5,000m and 10,000m Gold Medalist, Glenrose Xaba

Xaba won the women’s Saturday final in 32:56.29, well ahead of silver medallist Cacisile Sosibo (CGA) who completed the race in 36:03.70. It was Xaba’s seventh SA title over 25 laps of the track.

In other finals on the track on Saturday, Athletics Gauteng North’s Charne Swart won the women’s 800m contest in 2:01.81.

Jo-Ane van Dyk of Athletics Central North West (ACNW) secured a convincing victory in the women’s javelin throw final in the meet’s field events, delivering a best effort of 60.25m, and Danielle Nolte (AGN) won by a significant margin in the women’s long jump, producing a big 6.61m leap to win gold.

The combined Team AGN go into the final day leading with 11 golds, 5 silver and 11 bronze, while Boland is second with 6 golds, 8 silver and  2 bronze. CGA is third with 6 golds, 7 silver and 5 bronze.

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Original Copy: Athletics SA, with editing by gsport

Main Photo Caption: Distance runner Glenrose Xaba (AGN) secured her second gold medal of the week in the 10,000m, after winning gold in the 5,000m on Thursday, on Day 3 at the ASA Senior Combined Events and Relays Champs at Msunduzi Athletics Stadium in Pietermaritzburg on Saturday, 20 April 2024. Photo: Athletics SA / Cecilia van Bers

Photo 2 Caption: Lizaan Brand claimed silver in the U18 Women’s Long Jump (Heptathlon), won by Kyra Hancke with Natalie Verhoef in third. Photo: Athletics SA / Cecilia van Bers

Photo 3 Caption: Shannon Verster comfortably won the Senior Women’s 800m (Heptathlon) ahead of Bianca Ré and Ivonne Robson. Photo: Athletics SA / Cecilia van Bers

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