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Olympian Kalmer ready to race in Yokohama

Two-time Olympian Rene Kalmer is lapping up her return to the land of the rising sun, writes Mark Etheridge.

Kalmer is back in Japan for a second crack at the Yokohama Marathon. This was were she sealed her spot on Team South Africa at last year’s London Olympics.

It was at the 2011 version of the race that she ran a personal best time of 2hr 29min 59sec on her way to fifth position

“All is good in Japan,” she told Road to Rio 2016 on Saturday, a day ahead of the race. “I’m looking forward to tomorrow’s race. It starts at 12:10 local time and our weather forcast is 18 degrees Celcius.

“The pacemakers is going out at 3min 2sec pace for the first half. So I’ll make sure to keep them in sight but I’m planning to run my own race.”

Kalmer’s younger siste, Christine, also a road runner in her own right, is with Kalmer in Japan. “She’s with me for moral support. and it’s good to have her here with me, she helped me a lot with my marathon preparation.

Kalmer is one of 13 invited international athletes and fastest of the bunch on paper is Russia’s Albina Mayorova who has a 2:23:52 best to her name.

Best of the local runners is Yumiko Hara, 31, with a fastest standard marathon time of 2:23:48, but run six years ago.

Picture: www.time-to-run.co.za