Straight Running with Norrie Williamson: Conditions expected to play a major role for Team SA’s athletes in Sapporo

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‘The urgency to finalise the road and trail regulations cannot be overstated, particularly given that ASA intends to ensure rigid enforcement.’
‘The urgency to finalise the road and trail regulations cannot be overstated, particularly given that ASA intends to ensure rigid enforcement.’

Much of South Africa’s Olympic focus moves to Sapporo with the race walks and marathon schedule commencing on Thursday.

The marathon course is potentially very fast and a new Olympic record is expected, but much will be determined by the weather. Eluid Kipchoge won the Rio 2016 event in 2:08.44, but the Kenyan is capable of far faster times and is keen to become the first double marathon champion.

The course commences with two laps of Odio park accounting for just under four kilometres, before it “climbs” around 38 metres over four kilometres to the highest point at around eight kilometres, and then drops back to around 12 km where it commences three virtually flat laps of 10 km.

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