- It’s 50 medals for SA at African Championships
- Top-ranked Williams does the double
- Championship records for Brown and relay team
- Gobel grabs share of the lead at Kyalami
- Interim coach Ellis looks to take Banyana even further
- Opening round of 70 puts Williams in front
- Big medal haul for SA at Junior Commonwealth Games
- Successful comeback from injury as Anel grabs fourth
- Dednam duo win 10th SA doubles title
- Corbett leads the way as SA tally grows to 35
Kalmer just misses PB in NY
- Updated: June 14, 2010
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.”