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Rene on course for Korea

By Mark Etheridge

Versatile Rene Kalmer left no doubt that she’s in good form ahead of the IAAF World Athletics championship as she romped to a runaway win in the Totalsports women’s 10km road race in Durban on Sunday.

Kalmer, 31, is part of the three-strong South African women’s marathon team to line up in Daegu, South Korea along with Tanith Maxwell and Annerien van Schalkwyk.

The West Rand athlete clocked 33min 28sec for the easiest of victories on Sunday as can be seen by her 1min 29sec victory margin over local athlete Maxwell, who ran in the colours of Boxer Athletic Club.

Kalmer, representing the Nedbank Running Club, has been battling with a troublesome ITB (knee) injury since the Two Oceans half-marathon in April. Indeed, the last time she raced in Durban, she failed to complete the Spar women’s 10km because of the injury but recent weeks have seen her approaching her top form again.

“I’m very happy with today’s race”, Kalmer told Road to London 2012. “It was basically a solo time trial. I’m really positive about the good time I did on tired legs. I didn’t taper for the race and trained very hard last week. The ITB is also something from the past. Although the route was flat and fast, the windy conditions made the first 2km and last 3km really tough.”

“I’m also glad I could win today’s race after the disappointment of not being able to finish the Spar 10km.”

On her preparations for South Korea: “Training is going very and I’m very excited about World Champs. My next race will be the Totalsport ladies race in Stellenbosch on 9 August.

“I’m also very happy that my coach Gerrie [Coetzee] moved back from George to Joburg. That is a great blessing for my final preparation for Worlds.”

It was also a happy day for the Kalmer clan, with younger sister Christine, 25, taking third spot in 36.38 on Sunday.

The selection of three women’s marathon runners for world champs will be the first time in a decade that a women’s team will be representing South Africa in the marathon.

RESULTS:
1 Rene Kalmer Nedbank 33min 28sec
2 Tanith Maxwell Boxer 34:57
3 Christine Kalmer Nedbank 36:38
4 Puseletso Dladla DUT 37:29
5 Maya Lawrie Boxer 37:35
6 Makhosazana Mhlongo Savages 37:40
7 Kerry Koen Nedbank 38:01
8 Happiness Mkhize TUKS  38:39
9 Shani Silver 39:35
10 Nontokozo Mkize 39:51

Juniors: 1 Happiness Mkhize Tuks 38:39, 2 Nontokozo Mkhize 39:51, 3 Slindile Chili 41:21, 4 Sithembile Radebe 43:08, 5 Delen du Plooy 52:19, 6 Kate Kirkwood 1:12:19

40-49 ÔÇô 1 Maya Lawrie Boxer 37:36, 2 Shani Silver Kearnsey 39:35, 3 Maureen Slack Riverside 43:32
50-59 ÔÇô 1 Blanche Moila Savages 46:54, 2 Zanele Nduli Westville 53:19, 3 Florence Currin 59:24
60-69 ÔÇô 1 Aletta Engelbrecht┬á 54:19, 2 Ivy Lottering Wings 1:08:39, 3 Ingrid Bolt KZN Masters
70-79 ÔÇô 1 Hester Bekker Stella 1:07:10, 2 Jodi Pastorino KZN Masters 1:24:12, 3 Gloria de Klerk RWFL


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