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SA name team of six for World Half-Marathon Champs

In the second South African team announced this week, Athletics South Africa have named six athletes to compete at the IAAF World Half-Marathon Championships in Copenhagen, Denmark next month, writes Mark Etheridge.

Earlier in the week the ASA Interim Board announced a provisional team for World Indoor track championships in Poland, also next month.

The half-marathon team is a small one, boasting only six members, and ASA have explained this by saying that this is due to financial challenges but the IAAF will be supporting the six-strong quota of runners.

The men’s team is made up of London Olympians Stephen Mokoka and Lusapho April as well as the versatile Elroy Gelant.

Veteran Rene Kalmer, a two-time Olympian, leads the women’s challenge and is joined by SA marathon champion Cornelia Joubert and KwaZulu-Natal mother of three, Jenna Challenor.

Non-travelling reserves will be Gladwin Mzazi and Myrette Filmater.

“This will be my third half-marathon championships,” Kalmer told Road to Rio 2016 on Friday. “So I’m truly blessed. My focus for the first part of this year was on World Half-marathon championships, so I’m pretty excited!

“My aim is to improve on my personal best time of 1:10:13 which I set at the Great North Run in 2012, so Danish Dash here I come”

Kalmer is a vastly experience athlete. Besides her two Olympic outings she’s been to four world junior cross-country championships, four senior world cross-country championships, two world senior athletics championships as well as one world junior track and field championships.”