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Cronje back on track

By Mark Etheridge

Multiple South African track champion Johan Cronje finally got back on track Wednesday after a lengthy injury-enforced injury.

The 29-year-old middle distance ace picked up a knee injury while running a road race late last year and one thing led to another, finally resulting in surgery in May this year.

It’s been a long slog through rehabilitation but the Bloemfontein athlete finally faced the starter’s gun in the mile event at the first Yellow Pages summer series meeting of the season in Port Elizabeth.

And though he may not have won the race, ending second, Cronje was a happy man afterwards.

“It was injury-free but certainly not niggle-free,” Cronje told Road to London 2012. Earlier this week he had said he expected to run approximately 4:10 and he was a man of his word. “I ran around a 4min 09sec [exact time 4:08.97]. Some youngster from NMMU,┬áAmos Mkhuseli Nyongo, kicked and dipped me but it was all good. Didn’t feel too bad but I would like to drop 20sec before August.

“The calves also survived running in spikes for the first time in almost 18 months. The pace felt slow (maybe because it was!) but my hamstrings were burning from the gun ÔÇô exactly why I must run these meets to that my body can get used to this before I hit the track properly in February.”


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