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Irvette goes international

Olympic marathon hopeful Irvette van Blerk will race the World’s Best 10K road race in Puerto Rico this weekend.

That’s as part of her plans to build up to the London Marathon where she’ll be out to qualify for the Olympics, also in London, later this year.

Olympic silver medallist Elana Meyer is a previous high profile entrant of the Caribbean race, finishing in the top three on a number of occasions. Van Blerk will be in good company at the weekend with the race attracting some of the globe’s top 10km racers.

South Africans have a good showing at this event with Hendrik Ramaala and Shadrack Hoff ending first and second in the 2002 event.

Last year’s winner was Ethiopia’s Sentayehu Ejigu in a lightning quick 31min 50sec. In fact the first three finishers dipped under the 32min mark and six of the top 10 finishers came from the East African country and the top 10 were all under 35min.

At stake for the leading man and woman is $15,000 with prizes going down to 10th place ($1,000).