SA’s Kalmer invited to Yokohama

2011-10-26 00:00

SOUTH African marathoner Rene Kalmer has been invited to compete in the Yokohama Marathon in Japan on November 20. Kalmer has the slowest time among the seven women listed in the line-up headed by Britain’s Mara Yamauchi, who clocked 2:23:12 in the London Marathon 2009.

Kalmer has the potential to be the first South African woman to break the 2:30 barrier if she is disciplined in her race pacing.

This will be only her third competitive marathon and an ideal qualifier before London 2012.

The Nedbank athlete was strapped going into the world championships and withdrew from the Johannesburg Spar Ladies’ race after seven kilometres earlier this year. There are also suggestions she may line up for the Soweto Marathon to repeat her victory during her debut in 2009.

Local marathoner and the fastest in South Africa, Tanith Maxwell, who has been quiet since withdrawing from the World Championship with an injured toe, will be lining up in the Dubai Marathon in January to improve her 2:32 time to secure a place for the London Olympics.

The South African athletic community was rocked on Saturday morning, when five runners were killed and one seriously injured by a drunk driver in Midrand.

It is highly probable that the tragedy will initiate a much-needed review of facilities and training areas for cyclists, runners and other such endurance participants who need to share the road with traffic.

The second youth, junior, senior and masters league event at Kings Park Athletics track is from 7.30 am until 4.40 pm on Saturday. Call 031 312 9374 for more information.

SWIFT HULAMIN HALF MARATHON RACE

Men:

1.Amos Maiyo Ind68:39

2.Hiiary TanuiNedbank 68:39

3.Phiani Buthelezi Klip River Strid69:18

35 to 39: John BirtenNedbank A C69:53

40 to 49: Petros SisiboNedbank A C71:38

50 to 59: Nicolas DlaminiBoxer A C84:11

60+: Petros ShumiZabalazi A C1:41:42

Team : Boxer Athletic Club

Ladies:

1.Makhosi MhlongoSavages A C82:55

2.Kristen WilliamsColl Harr86:42

3.Sarah GreyColl Harr1:31:37

35 to 39: Sibongile ZiqubuEscom Gijiams1:40:59

40 to49: Xoliswe MwelaseBoxer A C1:43:22

50 to 59: Sandy FismerHilton Harr1:45:25

60+: Gill TregennaWest A C2:09:58

Team : Collegians Harriers

10 km:

Men: Thobane ChagweBoxer A C29:29

Ladies Mpumelo MnyanduKlip River Strid39:46

10 km walk:

Men: Nhlanhla Khanyile RWFL55:06

Ladies: Xolisile MhlanguKlip River Strid67:33

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