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Cronje still crocked

Multiple South African 1500-metre track champion Johan Cronje is still sidelined and unable to even train properly let along compete, writes Mark Etheridge.

Cronje, 28, ran 3min 35.24sec for the 1500m event in Lausanne, Switzerland last year but even that was after a lengthy lay-off after a back injury.

Now as the first Yellow Pages Series meeting of the season looms large in Potchefstroom on Saturday, the Bloemfontein athlete is very much on the outside, looking in.

Said the last man to run a sub four-minute mile on South African soil, back in 2005: “You won’t believe it but I’m still not running. I tried to jog early January but only managed 10minutes without pain. It’s the same old knee problem.

“So I’ve started rehabilitation exercises etc and even had and a cortisone injection, but its still not much better. I’m so fed-up now and don’t even know if I’ll be competing this year. I keep myself busy at work now so that I don’t have to think about the injury all the time.”


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