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Wesley Botton
Chief sports writer
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11 Nov 2014
6:00 pm

Phalula delighted with series prize

Wesley Botton

Distance runner Diana-Lebo Phalula was celebrating the biggest victory of her career on Tuesday, after being handed a set of keys for her new car at the Spar Women's Grand Prix Awards.

FILE PICTURE: Diana-Lebo Phalula. (Photo by Reg Caldecott/Gallo Images)

Phalula was delighted to receive the prize, a Nissan Micra, after she won the overall title in the annual 10km series for the first time.

“I’m so excited about winning the car. It’s the biggest thing I’ve ever won,” she said.

“It will make getting to training so much easier. The thought of winning a car also makes it easier to get up in on a cold morning, when you don’t feel like training.”

Phalula confirmed she would share the vehicle with her twin sister, Lebogang, who won two of the five legs to finish fourth in the series standings.

“We’re twins, and what’s mine is hers.”

Phalula broke the course records at the first two legs in Cape Town (33:03) and Port Elizabeth (32:27), and though the second half of her season was hampered by a hamstring injury, she ended among the top five at the last three legs in Durban, Centurion and Joburg to finish 29 points clear of Rene Kalmer at the top of the standings.

Boxers Athletics Club, meanwhile, won the team prize. They were spearheaded by defending series champion Mapaseka Makhanya, who took third place overall, and she was well supported by Christine Kalmer (sixth), Nolene Conrad (eighth) and Jenna Challenor (tied 10th).