Eritrean Filmon Ande Wins FNB Joburg 10K in S. Africa
www.teamsa.co.za | Sept 26, 2018
Eritrean Filmon Ande led the top three men under the previous course record.
The men’s race started at a blistering clip up Harrison Road, with the first kilometre covered in around 2min 40sec before settling into a more reasonable pace.
After the first 3km, though, the leading pack of 20 had been whittled down to 10 with defending champion Thabang Mosiako, Elroy Gelant and course record holder, Namakoe Nkhasi in the mix.
The bus, however, was being driven by Ande and Uganda’s Mande Buschendich.
As the pack headed down towards the Ellis Park Sports Complex around the 4km mark, before the first of two big climbs, the pack was trimmed down some more and as they hit 5km in 14:25, it was down to five runners. Ande, Bushendich, Mosiako, Nkhasi and Jobo Khatoane with Gelant beginning to falter.
By 8km, the lead was down to two with Ande and Buschendich going toe-to-toe past Constitution Hill, before Ande broke away in the final kilometre, scorching home in 29:27, 22 seconds inside of the previous record held by Nkhasi when he won in 2016.
Second was Bushendich, clocking 29:37, with Nkhasi rounding out the top three in 29:40 – also inside the previous record.
1 Filmon Ande 29:27,
2 Mande Bushendich 29:37,
3 Namakoe Nkasi 29:40,
4 Thabang Masiako 29:58,
5 Jobo Khatoane 30:12,
6 Elroy Gelant 30:23,
7 Kabelo Seboko 30:30,
8 Lebenya Nkoka 30:33,
9 Omphemetse Mothibi 30:50,
10 Joe Mmone 30:58