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Kalmer’s comeback

Arguably our most versatile women’s athlete, Rene Kalmer looks to be on the mend as the IAAF World Athletics Championships in Daegu, South Korea draw ever nearer, writes Mark Etheridge.

Kalmer who has excelled on the cross-country, road and track scene this year, has been battling a troublesome knee injury that has set her back for months now.

It first raised its head at the Two Oceans half-marathon in Cape Town in April when she limped painfully across the line. It also bothered her during her international marathon debut marathon in Prague, Czech Republic in May.

And it stayed around to such an extent that she had to pull out of the Spar women’s 10km road race last weekend.

None of this good news for an athlete already chosen to run the marathon at World Championships in South Korea.

Thankfully, there’s light at the end of the tunnel. Said Kalmer this week: “I’ve had a hectic week with intense treatment on my ITB and I also started rehabilitation as I really have to get rid of this ITB for good.

“I’ve managed to train for three days without pain and I’m so grateful for that. I was really frustrated after Sunday and thought that I would have to withdraw from World Champs. But after my progress this week I’m feeling positive again.”


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