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Rene’s the one to catch

By Mark Etheridge

Rene Kalmer arrives in town to defend her Old Mutual Two Oceans half-marathon title on the back of a rich wave of form.

The 30-year-old Gautenger is enjoying a fabulous year in all three different codes of athletics and her confidence is sky high ahead of Cape Town’s biggest road racing weekend.

After ending World Cross-Country Championships in Spain as South Africa’s top female finisher, Kalmer has since gone on to shine in the other two branches of athletics this year.

In the space of one weekend earlier this month she defended her SA 5000-metre track title in Durban and less than 24 hours later defended her Spar women’s 10km road title in Cape Town.

Down the road, a long way down the road, her focus is on the marathon at next year’s London Olympics and everything is geared to that end.

She made her marathon debut in 2009, winning the Soweto Marathon and has one run marathon since, the Jackie Gibson south of Johannesburg where she just jogged.

Next up though is defending her Two Oceans 21.1km which she won in a course record 72min 39sec last year.

“I will be looking at the same time and even better than last year, but it depends on race day. I believe I’m better prepared for this year’s Oceans, last year I was focusing on track and just came back from the World Indoors,” Kalmer told Road to London 2012 this week.”

On her winning weekend exploits earlier this month: “I’m absolute thrilled with my performance. It shows I’m on track for my first international marathon. The Two Oceans 21km will be my final test for the marathon. I’m really happy with my training and I believe I’m in the best shape of my life. Just have to stay healthy now.”

Her international marathon debut comes next month, May 8 to be exact, when she runs the Prague Marathon in the Czech Republic.

“I’m not doing crazy mileage, round about 160km a week. But it’s quality mileage. Main focus was not to neglect my track speed. I will have one week of hard training left after two oceans before Prague. But I will listen to my body, homework is done and not worth it to do anything stupid now.’

Wise words from a women for who winning is coming naturally right now.


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