World Student Games champ set on smashing record at Tuks race

2014-02-13 11:17

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World Student Games double gold champion Gladwin Mzazi and South African Olympian Stephen Mokoka will headline the Bestmed Tuks Race at the University of Pretoria on Saturday.

The pair will line up in the 10km of the event.

The main race is the 21km, which Mokoka has won for the past two years.

Other events in the programme are the 5km, the walk and the 10km wheelchair races, where R5?000 will be paid to the person who breaks the record across the four events.

Mzazi declared that he was in good shape and promised that a new record will be set on Saturday.

“It will go down between myself and Stephen,” he said as a way of predicting a fierce competition between the two, who are training partners.

“There will also be competition coming from the likes of Mr Price and Nedbank runners, which will make the race even more interesting. But I am in good shape despite this being my first official race in the new year.”

Mzazi added that the race is also part of his preparation for the Two Oceans Marathon.

Mokoka won the 2012 edition in a record 64 minutes in the half marathon, and he successfully defended his title last year with another fast time of 66 minutes.

He has, however, switched to the 10km as part of his preparations for the SA 10km Championships in Bloemfontein on February 22.

There will be a number of elite athletes missing in the line-up of the Tuks race on Saturday.

They are SA Sportswoman of the Year Mapaseka Makhanya, Olympians Rene Kalmer and Irvette van Zyl, as well as Comrades Marathon runner Charne Bosman.

On average, the race attracts 13 000 participants and the organisers have added the 1km fun-run for families this year.

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