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Second record for Rene

Versatile Rene Kalmer has broken a second South African indoor track record in the space of four days.

Her latest success came over 5,000 metres when she placed sixth at a meeting in Stockholm, Sweden.

She ran a time of 15min 45.40sec. This came after she broke the national 3,000m record with a time of 9:02.92 at a meeting in Stuttgart, Germany.

Kalmer’s fellow middle-distance athlete Juan van Deventer is also in fine form under cover. He improved the national indoor 3,000m record to 7:49.91 as he won his event in Moscow. That was four days after a national indoor 1,500m record of 3:37.25 in Dusseldorf, Germany.

Both Van Deventer and Kalmer are trained by West Rand coach Gerrie Coetzee.

Importantly, they have now both qualified for next month’s World Indoor Championships in Qatar.

They’ll both compete over yet another 1,500m race in Ghent, Belgium on Sunday before returning home to continue their programmes.

An interesting aside about Kalmer’s 5,000m record was that it previously belonged to her younger sister, Christine, now back home from a spell at the University of Arkansas in the United States. Equally interesting was that the record was broken on Christine’s 24th birthday.