Olympian marathoner Rene Kalmer warmed up for the 2012 Games with a morale-boosting victory in the Totalsports 10-kilometre road race in Durban on Sunday, writes Mark Etheridge.
Kalmer joins Team South Africa in the Olympic Village on Tuesday and her win would have given great confidence.
Kalmer won in 34 minutes 21 seconds, comfortably ahead of Poppy Mlambo (36:27).
Running for Nedbank Athletic Club, Kalmer would have been expected to run a quicker time but conditions weren’t great on the day. ÔÇ£Today’s race was difficult because the wind was really strong at the start, while the route itself featured quite a lot of turns.
“It’s always nice taking part in Durban though, and I always enjoy the race as it is about the ladies. There was a really nice vibe at the start of the race and this continued on route.┬áThe support on route was just as nice.┬á After today’s race I am really confident about the Olympics.
“I must admit what started out as excitement has now turned to a little stress,ÔÇØ she laughed.
Kalmer, along with SA teammates Irvette van Blerk and Tanith Maxwell, will run the women’s marathon on Sunday, 5 August.