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Charn├® goes for Games

Sunday sees Charn├® Bosman return to George, South Western Districts to defend her 2011 national marathon championships title ÔÇô and hopefully qualify for this year’s London Olympics.

Last year the Pretoria based runner clocked 2hr 44min 44sec to beat Tshifiwa Mondalamo from Central Gauteng Athletics by exactly three minutes.

This year Bosman is hoping to improve her time in the process. Vastly experienced on the road running circuit, the 36-year-old event coordinator for the Momentum Health I-flex National Duathlon Series started running at the age of 17, mainly in the shorter distances, and made the transition to the half marathon in 1999.

She has represented South Africa at the World University Games as well as two World Championships.

Her marathon career go on track in 2003 and on 14 September she won the Peninsula Marathon in Cape Town, clocking 2:42:56.  Later that year (2 November) she took Soweto by storm and claimed victory in 2:44:53.  The next year proved just as outstanding where she added another prestigious Soweto Marathon title to her collection.

Apart from Soweto, some career highlights include her fourth place finish at the Amsterdam Marathon in 2005 (2:39:26) and then her participation at the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, Australia the next year.

Bosman struggled with injuries between 2007 and 2010, but this year the Gauteng North athlete hopes to improve her times and achieve the Olympic qualifying A-standard of 2:37:00 in order to be up for selection for the 2012 Games, before she makes the move up to the ultra-marathon in the next 5 to 10 years.

The defending champion can expect some stiff competition on Sunday, but won’t allow this to distract her from her goals.┬á ÔÇ£I am going to run my own race and not focus on anybody else.┬á I just want to run a good time,ÔÇØ said Bosman.


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