By Mark Etheridge
Multi-talented Rene Kalmer’s purple patch of form in Europe shows no sign of letting up.
Kalmer had a fabulous indoor track season earlier in the year and has seemingly transferred that form to the outdoor circuit.
In Montreuil, France on Tuesday she ran a personal best 3,000-metres. Her fourth place finish behind Kenya’s Sylvia Kibet saw her clocking 8min 44.17sec. Kibet ran 8:41.84.
Kalmer’s time is a huge personal best, her previous best being 8:51.61 in Lausanne, Switzerland seven years ago.
That moves her up to third spot on the South African all-time list behind Elana Meyer (8:32.00) and Zola Pieterse (8:35.72), both those times having been run 19 years ago in Durban.
Kalmer has already qualified for the 1500-metre at the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, India later this year and without that stress hanging over her head she is running free right now.
In Rabat, Morocco on Sunday she ran 4min 10.60sec for ninth spot in the 1500m, a little way off the 4:07 she ran to qualify for Commonwealth.
“I wasn’t too thrilled with my 1500m in Rabat,” she said before she lined up for her French race.
“I ran most of the way in lanes two and three and got tripped after 800 and only just managed to stay on my feet! I’m disappointed because I was hoping for a fast race with Olympic champion Nancy Langat in the race.”
After her French success, Kalmer will head off to the United States where she has three road races lined up.