Athletics South Africa have announced a six-strong team marathon team to represent South Africa at the IAAF World Athletics Championships in Daegu, South Korea in August.
ÔÇ£We are announcing the marathon team only, as they need to prepare for the World Championships differently to the rest of the team that goes to the World Championships. The rest of the team will be announced in July as per our selection criteria,ÔÇØ said James Evans, acting Athletics South Africa chairperson.
ÔÇ£We have selected a team we believe will be competitive and could challenge for a podium place at the World Marathon Cup.ÔÇØ The World Marathon Cup is a race within a race, as the performances of the team’s of each country are added up and an overall team position is awarded.
The marathon team is made up of three women and three men. Although Steven Mokoka had qualified for the marathon with the fastest time (2:08:33 ÔÇô run in Korea) he was not available for marathon selection, opting to rather concentrate on the 10 000m for which he has also qualified.
Lusapho April is also not available for selection, which means that the men’s team consists of Coolboy Ngamole, Lucky Mohale and David Ngakane. Ngamole raised his hand for selection with this 2:14:29 runner up finish at the SA Marathon Championships in February this year. David Ngakane has been improving steadily in the marathon from his 2:16:37 debut in 2008. Ngakane finished third in Pyongyang on 10 April in 2:15:31.
And Mohale has an impressive 2.13:35 behind his name after finishing fifth in Casablanca in October last year.
On the women’s front, Rene Kalmer, Annerien van Schalkwyk and Tanith Maxwell have been selected. Maxwell finished eight at the 2010 Real Berlin City Marathon with a lifetime best of 2:32:33 in September last year. Van Schalkwyk added her name to the list with her 2:35:32 run in Singapore in December, 2010. Kalmer made sure of her place on the team with her fifth place 2.34:47 in Prague in May this year.
Pretoria based Van Schalkwyk told Road to London 2012: “It’s a dream to be selected and I’m going to give my all so that everything goes as well as possible. I’m running the Spar 10km in Durban this weaken and am hoping for a good time there and then I’m also planning for the SA Half-Marathon Championships in Port Elizabeth. Everything’s going well with training right now.”