Runner to polish performance

2018-04-03 06:01
Mukendi Makolo.

Mukendi Makolo.

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A Grade 11 learner from Plumstead High School, who was once the province’s fastest runner, is back to polish his start after he was disqualified from the 100m race in Potchefstroom.

Mukendi Makolo (18) ran his 100m sprint in 10.62 at the interschools competition at the Western Cape Championships at Dal Josephat in Paarl, securing his spot in the South African Schools Athletics Track and Field Championships for High Schools.

Despite being disqualified from the 100m for a foul start, he brought back a silver medal for the relay.

Verline Leo, Plumstead High School governing body parent governor and secretary, says Mukendi returned with sheer determination­.

“Now he will work hard to polish his start after he was disqualified for a false start in the 100m race. We wish him well as he focuses on the next race. It is very devastating but it highlighted the weakness, so the start is being worked on. He runs for his club in early April so we are looking forward to that,” she says.

Mukendi was sent off as a hero and he says he is grateful for all the support. Former Plumstead High learners Rory Kleinveldt, Paul Adams, and JP Duminy presented him with running shoes, while Nigel Janson and Leroy Appolis presented him with running kit to make his send-off extra special.

Mukendi thanks everyone has opened their hearts to help him and says he will be putting more focus on his upcoming races.

He is part of the Iteko Club in Rosebank. He trains every day after school from 17:00 to 19:00. For him to get to his training grounds he has to take a train. “I take a train to practice. I’m not really worried about my safety that much because we travel in a group. My focus is to get to training and do what I like. I really love what I do so I will keep pushing,” he says.

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