Well done! I was coached by Oom Hansa. He is a legend! Rubs, good luck for the rest of the season buddy.
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Ramolefi’s surprise run
- Updated: May 17, 2010
Beijing Olympic 3000-metre steeplechase finalist Ruben Ramolefi’s international track and season is up and running after Friday night’s opening Diamond League meeting in Doha, Qatar.
And his coach, Hans Saestad has high hopes for the coming season.
This after Ramolefi produced a great run of 8min 16.50 in the desert city.
It may only have been good for ninth spot and is some way off his 8:11.63 run in Monaco last year but his performance needs to be looked at in perspective.
He was up against a quality field of Kenyans and it’s early days yet in what is a drawn out season ahead of the Commonwealth Games in Delhi in October.
And most encouraging was that he was only expecting to run a time of around 8:20 in Doha.
“I was very surprised,” said Saestad. “Ruben texted me after the race to say that he had felt very good.
“What’s important was that he felt like he was running in an 8:20 mindset so for him to run 8:16 after setting out for 8:20 is excellent.
“The Doha meeting was also his season-opener last year and he ran somewhere around 8:22 so yes, this is a very pleasant surprise.”
Ramolefi’s next meeting will be next month (June 5) and it was planned for him to attack the 8:15 mark in Finland on June 29.
But going on his fine form in Doha, him and coach Saestad may have some exciting recalculating to do in the next few days.
By Mark Etheridge