Durban win restores Lebogang Phalula’s reputation – AthleticsAfrica
Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

RSA

Durban win restores Lebogang Phalula’s reputation

After claiming her first Spar Women’s 10km race victory since 2008, in Durban, South Africa on Sunday, Lebogang Phalula said she had to make a comeback to restore her reputation.

Lebogang Phalula claimed a dramatic and sensational victory in the 25th Durban SPAR Women’s 10km race in a time of 33.06.
Lebogang Phalula claimed a dramatic and sensational victory in the 25th Durban SPAR Women’s 10km race in a time of 33.06.

After claiming her first Spar Women’s 10km race victory since 2008, in Durban, South Africa on Sunday, [link id=”438″ tax=”post_tag” text=”Lebogang Phalula”] said she had to make a comeback to restore her reputation.

“I needed to forget what people were saying about me,” said the 30-year-old who broke down in tears after crossing the line to win in a time of 33 minutes and six seconds (33:06) at Kingsmead.

The Soweto-based runner tested positive for the banned stimulant methylhexaneamine in 2011, for which she received a back-dated one-year suspension in January 2013.

It was a lesser punishment in exchange for evidence she gave against coach Livingstone Jabanga who gave her tablets containing the stimulant before a 10km race in August 2011.

Zimbabwean Rutendo Nyahora took second place in Durban (33:41) and Rene Kalmer dipped under 34 minutes to claim third in a time of 33:49 in the third leg of the Grand Prix series.

Phalula, who has an 18-month-old child, said she did not anticipate any future doping problems.

“I had to make a comeback for myself and my baby, for my sister and my family and for everything I’ve been through.

“I know that I’m clean this year – I’m running clean and proud. I don’t want anything that will connect me with a banned stimulant.”

Athletes were randomly tested for doping while on Sunday no tests were carried out after the event.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

Since the doping allegations were first levelled against Phalula, she maintained the infringement lay with Jabanga’s actions.

“Through the years, it’s been a struggle with the doping thing I was caught in.

“That gave me a bad name, testing positive for something in my body which was something I didn’t expect. The guy came to me and gave me the banned stimulant which was very bad for me. I didn’t give up, I told myself to not give up and believe in myself.”

Meet The Authors

+ Posts

You May Also Like

RSA

South Africa’s Stephen Mokoka stepped up to 50km in style, running 2:40:13 to break the men’s world record, at the Nedbank #Runified 50km in...

RSA

South Africa’s Irvette van Zyl and Ethiopia’s Ketema Negasa inaugural world 50km records, set in 2021 at the Nedbank Runified race in Gqeberha, have...

RSA

Stephen Mokoka and Nolene Conrad were the top South African finishers at the IAAF World Half-Marathon Championships in a tough day of competition for...

RSA

A 10-member national team has been named by Athletics South Africa for the IAAF World Half-Marathon Championships in Valencia, Spain on 24 March, 2018.