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Fine-tuned Kalmer hopes to be on song for Vienna Marathon
- Updated: April 11, 2015
By Mark Etheridge
Rene Kalmer is the epitome of calm ahead of Sunday’s Vienna Marathon in Austria.
Last year she ran her personal best of 2hr 29min 37sec at the Berlin Marathon in neighbouring Germany and if things go according to plan she should be there or thereabouts again.
By all accounts her training has been even better than before Berlin. On that occasion it was the second time she’d dipped under the 2:30 barrier, the first having been in Yokohama, Japan in 2011.
‘I’m really looking forward to this race,’ 34-year-old Kalmer told Road to Rio 2016 from Vienna this week. ‘Training has gone really well and I’ve upped my quality sessions for this marathon.
‘My speed is also the best it has been for the past three years.’
Last year’s Vienna Marathon was won by Germany’s Anna Hahner in a time of 2:28:59.
This would indicate that if Kalmer, who skipped last week’s Two Oceans half-marathon in Cape Town as she wrapped up her training, is on song she could be fighting it out for the podium places as well as chasing personal bests.
‘There’s a group here aiming to go out on 2:28 pace and my plan is to try and stick with them for as long as possible,’ she said.
The two-time Olympian also took great heart from fellow South African Caroline Wöstmann’s first SA women’s victory in the Two Oceans ultra-marathon in 14 years last week.
‘I’m so happy with Caroline’s performance on Saturday and she’s definitely inspired me even more before Sunday’s marathon.’