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Kalmer just misses PB in NY

By Mark Etheridge

Rene Kalmer’s run of form seamlessly crossed continents at the weekend with another great return.

Kalmer, already qualified in the 1500-metres for the Commonwealth Games in India later this year made the switch from track to road with little fuss after a period of campaigning on the European circuit.

She ran the NYRR New York Mini 10km in New York and placed eighth in the all-women event, run through the city’s famous Central Park.

“I had an awesome race,” she told Road to London, 2012. “I finished eighth in 32min 32sec. That’s just four seconds outside my personal best and it is a really tough course.”

The race was won by Kenya’s Linet Masai in 30:48, which earned her $10,000.

“The race was packed with international superstars and world champions so I’m very excited. My time was also almost a minute quicker than I ran here last year so that says a lot.”

Kalmer now has a few days of sightseeing before she tackles her next race, four-mile Steamboat Classic in Peoria, Illinois.

Meanwhile our top javelin athlete, Sunette Viljoen will be hoping to build on her Diamond League form on Monday night.
Viljoen came second in Rome last Thursday with a 63.04 effort.

“I was incredibly proud of my performance, especially because I was the only South African flying the SA flag. It’s also so rewarding to see that all the hard work and perseverance pays off.

“After this meeting (at the Memorial Josefa Odlozila meeting), I’ll be having a week-long training camp here in the Czech Republic and then going home to focus and train for the rest of the season.”


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