Ramaala carries SA’s last medal hopes into the men’s marathon

2008-08-22 00:00

Tomorrow’s marathon is SA’s last chance saloon for a medal at the Beijing Olympics, and the chief gunfighter is Hendrik Ramaala, who is armed with a 2:06,55 personal best (PB) set in London in 2007.

Moroccan Jaouad Gharib not only has a faster PB and qualifying best, but also the 2003 and 2005 World Championship titles. He has not raced this year and is acknowledged as a runner who focuses on the big one. Countryman Abderrahim Goumri comes from a solid 5 000 m and 10 000 m track background and has moved up to the marathon, where this year he impressed with a 2:05,30 for third in London.

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