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Rene races to title

Olympian Rene Kalmer’s run of good form continued in Port Elizabeth on Saturday as she won the SPAR women’s 10-kilometre road race on Saturday, writes Mark Etheridge.

The Nedbank (Central Gauteng Athletics) runner won in 33 minutes 30 seconds, beating Mr Price’s Zintle Xiniwe (34:01) and her fellow Olympian Irvette van Blerk (Nedbank, 34:15) into second and third place.

Both Kalmer and Van Blerk (along with Tanith Maxwell) have qualified for the marathon distance at the London Olympics later this year.

Two weeks ago Kalmer helped the top British marathoners in their qualifying bid for the Games as Van Blerk sealed her qualifying time in the same race.

After the race Kalmer, 31, told Road to London 2012: “I’m really grateful for this morning’s win. I’ve been battling with a niggling hamstring this week and couldn’t train properly.

“Thankfully, compared to the Ironman here two weeks ago, we couldn’t complain about the weather today but the last 4km was tough running into the wind. My next race now will be a 21km in Gifu, Japan.”

Kalmer won the first leg of the SPAR series in Cape Town last month while Van Blerk ended third.

The veteran’s title went to Ronel Thomas in 37:51 while the evergreen, ever quick Sonja Laxton won the grandmasters category in 43:19. It was an amazing 74th SPAR Challenge race for Laxton.