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Will Mokoka line up?

The men’s SA 10km title race in Germiston on Sunday is wide open as South Africa’s leading middle distance ace Stephen Mokoka has yet to decide to race.

His name is down for Gauteng North, but the 26 year-old’s last comment on the championships was that he would not race and rather go back into training in preparation for the 10,000-metre track event at World Championships in South Korea later this year.

If that is indeed the case (Mokoka could not be reached to verify his participation), then there are a number of athletes who could walk away with the title and the R15 000 winners cheque.

It is likely to boil down to a tussle between Sibusiso Nzima (CGA), Tshamano Setone (CGA) and Kgosi Tsosane (AGN). Nzima won the title in 2008, but his personal best of 28.29 in 2010 was only good enough for third.

He is also the only one to have raced over 10 000m this year. Tshamano Setone’s first 5000m outing in 2011 was disastrous as he finished seventh, but has since been undefeated in South Africa and successfully defended his 5000m national title.

This year has been a watershed year for Tsosane, with personal bests in the 3000m, 5000m and the half-marathon, as well as winning the SA Cross Country Trials and being best South African (fifth) at the Africa cross country championships in Cape Town.

Tsosane though will have to improve on his best of 28.57 for 10km on the road if he wants to claim the title.

Boy Soke (AFS) is a dark horse after a relatively quiet 2011. His best performances this year are a fourth at the SA Cross Country Trials, 12th at the Africa Cross Champs and 44th at the World Cross Country Championships. But with bests of 13.39.83 for 5000m and 28:39 for 10km, he is an athlete not to discard.

Throw in the likes of Elroy Gallant (ACNW), Coolboy Ngamole (ACNW), Molefe Molefe (CGA) and Benedict Moeng (AGN), and it promises to be an exhilarating battle.

Mark Etheridge
Mark Etheridge

Hi there Val ... duly noted. Thanx so much. Will adjust and check with the writer of that article .. thanx for the input Mark Etheridge Road to London 2012 Managing Editor