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A team of 24 athletes will fly the South African flag at the IAAF World Cross-Country Championships in China at the weekend, writes Mark Etheridge
The team leaves South African shores on Thursday for the long haul east to the city of Guiyang.
Twelve seniors and 12 junior athletes (six men and six women) will be in action for the event.
Mashele and Mokoka ended first and second respectively at the national cross-country trials at Kagiso at the end of January. And also sealing his place in the team for China was warhorse Shadrack Hoff.
The 41-year-old still holds the national 5000m track record.
Women’s winner in Kagiso was Nolene Conrad who has shown some fine form in international races lately.
‘Im aiming for top 30 in China,’ she told Road to Rio 2016. ‘I don’t want to make the same mistake as last time when I didn’t have a fast start. This time I want to get out as fast as possible. I’m really looking forward to racing on Saturday.
Also in the team is young Annie Bothma, who was third behind Conrad at national trials, and Lebo Phalula who won last year’s SPAR Challenge 10km road running series.

Seniors
Men: Precious Mashele, Stephen Mokoka, Gladwin Mzazi, Kgosi Tsosane, Shadrack Hoff, Bonginkosi Zwane
Women: Nolene Conrad, Annie Bothma, Lebo Phalula, Keneilwe Sesing, Mamphielo Sibanda, Lorraine Novela.

Juniors
Boys: Ikageng Gaorekwe, Rowhaldo Ratz, Creel Chavalala, Kabelo Melamu, Siyabonga Mabena, William Potgieter
Girls: Nicole van der Merwe, Hanli Etsebeth, Simone Weitz, Carina Viljoen, Jeannette Bokadi, Sheriline Gelderblom


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