I like to see South African woman who has the guts to train very hard. I think Tanith and Rene will break the 2:30 barrier very soon. Go girls
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Maxwell’s PB in London
- Updated: April 26, 2010
By her own admission Tanith Maxwell’s ultimate goal is to represent South Africa at the 2012 Olympics. And she showed she’s on the right road when finishing 15th overall in the women’s division in the high-class London Marathon on Sunday.
For good measure Maxwell, the 33-year-old from Durban, clocked 2hr 34min 25sec which eclipsed her previous personal best of 2hr 36min. She also showed a marked improvement on her performance at last year’s World Championships in Berlin, where she finished 45th in 2hr 41min.┬á
The women’s race was fought out between the Russian duo of Liliya Shobukhova and Inga Abitova, with Shobukhova ÔÇô the European 5000m record holder ÔÇô using her finishing speed to outpace Abitova with Ethiopia’s Asselefech Mergia third. The winning time was 2:22:00.
In the men’s race, Olympic bronze medallist Tsegaye Kebede of Ethiopia denied Kenya a seventh successive London title with an untroubled victory in 2:05:19. No leading South African men’s marathoner featured in the 2010 edition of the famous event.
Maxwell is a professional marathon athlete. In her own words, ÔÇ£my passion for running started when I was six years old, and it has been a lifetime ambition to represent my country at the most ultimate of all goals. I have represented South Africa at the Commonwealth Games in 2006, All Africa Games in 2007, World Championships in 2007, and World Championships in Berlin in 2009. My ultimate goal is to represent South Africa at the 2012 London Olympics.ÔÇØ
The South African put in the performance of her life to beat the likes of US record holder Deena Kastor and Olympic champion Constantina Dita. She now┬ájoins Hendrick Ramaala ÔÇô who was 11th at the Lake Biwa marathon in March in 2:15:29 ÔÇô as the only two South African marathon runners to set the qualifying standards this year for the Commonwealth Games in Delhi later in the year.
Less than a week after winning his ninth Boston Marathon title, wheelchair legend Ernst van Dyk finished sixth in London in 1:44:11.