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Gelant wins again

In-form Elroy Galant continued his good run with victory in a 5000-metre race in Europe on Saturday, writes Mark Etheridge.

The event was the Mondo Keien meeting in Uden, Holland and the South African clocked 13min 25.09 victory.

‘It wasn’t the biggest 5000m because myself, Gladwin Mazasi and Gert Manora were the quickest on the startlist,” Gelant told Road to London 2012. “There was a pacemaker but his personal best was a 15.06 for 5000m, not really fast enough to pace us.

‘So we asked Edwin Molepo to pace us for six laps because we really wanted a solid 5000m. So he paced us for six laps. We went through 2000m in 5:19 with me, Gladwin and Gert on the pacemaker’s heels. We then worked as a team and passed 3000m in 8:03 when Gert dropped off.

“With five laps to go Gladwin and I helped each other by rotating the pace-making. With 800m to go I picked the pace up. Gladwin ended second in 13:43.44 and Gert ended in 13:52.34, like I said, a real team effort.”

Competing in the same meeting, US-based 110m hurdler, Lehann Fourie ended runner-up to American Fred Townsend. Fourie clocked 13.67 to Townsend’s 13.64.

In the other middle-distance events there was a good win for up and coming Andre Olivier. Back on track after a lengthy spell out with a foot injury, he clocked 1:47.36 to beat Algeria’s Mahfoud Brahimi (1:47.83). And 2010 SA 800m champion Mapaseka Makhanya ended seventh in the women’s two-lapper, clocking 2:10.22 behind winner Molly Beckwith of the US (2:00.66).

In the men’s 1500m, our Jerry Matsou ended seventh with a 3:42.20 clocking.