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Kalmer’s victory boost

By Mark Etheridge

Multi-talented Rene Kalmer shrugged off a bout of food poisoning to celebrate a winning Women’s Day at Tuesday’s 10-kilometre Totalsports Ladies Race in Stellenbosch.

Busy fine-tuning her preparation for the marathon event at the IAAF World Athletics Championships in Daegu, South Korea later this month, Kalmer was in control from start to finish, winning in 34min 04sec.

Until Sunday Kalmer’s place on the starting line was in doubt. “I wasn’t sure if I should run today. I had a very bad case of foot poisoning on Friday and was pretty much out of action for the weekend,” she told Road to London 2012. I had a sleepless night on Sunday about coming down to Cape Town.

“I told myself that I was able to do a morning run at 4min per kilometer on Monday morning then I’d come downÔǪ and the rest is history.”

Runner up on Tuesday was Zintle Xiniwe in 34:48 with Bulelwa Simae third some way back in 36:28.

“I wasn’t too happy to see Zintle at the start,” said Kalmer, “as I knew I was going to have to work harder for my win than in Durban last week. What lifted my spirits at the start was that there was a khoisan guy at the start who told me to make SA and the khoisan proud at World Championships which was really funny.”

As for the race the Nedbank Running Club star was only on her own after halfway. “Zintle sat in my slipstream from the gun and I only managed to drop her after 5km. I felt really strong the last 3km and the 10km in general felt very easy.

“These are all good signs for the World Champs, especially as this was my last race before Worlds and obviously a good confidence booster. “I just love racing ladies races. And the Stellenbosch leg of the Totalsports series was a good excuse to come down to my favorite town in SA. The support I have in Cape Town is overwhelming and I’m happy that I didn’t disappoint.”

Meanwhile up in Johannesburg the other Totalsports race was being run and on this occasion it was Lebo Phalula who came out tops, winning in 35:50. ÔÇ£I didn’t expect to win today as there were so many top runners that took part.┬áThe route was excellent with runners receiving the most amazing support from spectators.┬á I will definitely come back next year as I now have a title to defendÔÇØ, said Phalula.

Runner-up in Johannesburg was Irvette van Blerk, her time of 36:20 slower than usual for this young talent, but understandable as she’s still recovering from being knocked down a car while training earlier this month.

National steeplechase champion Tebogo Masehla was fourth in 37:10 as she continues the training for her debut marathon, hopefully in Singapore towards the end of the year.

Totalsports Ladies 10km results (Stellenbosch)
1 Rene Kalmer 34:04
2 Zintle Xiniwe 34:48
3 Bulelwa Simae 36:28
4 Dominique Scott 37:05
5 Nicole Marais 39:54
6 Sunel Jacobs 41:02
7 Donovan Geldenhuys 41:14
8 Vicky van der Merwe 41:58
9 Suzanne Marais 42:18
10 Helette Basson 42:25

Totalsports Ladies 10km results (Johannesburg)

1 Lebo Phalula 35:50
2 Irvette van Blerk 36:20
3 Onnele Dintwe 36:43
4 Tebogo Masehla 37:10
5 Mpho Mabuza 37:52
6 Cornelia Joubert 38:16
7 Christine Kalmer 38:39
8 Andronica Mokgotla 41:52
9 Jessica Jacobs 41:58
10 Kedumetse Disipi 42:57