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Mokoka seeks speed

The in-form man of South African middle-distance running, Stephen Mokoka, is back in Cape Town for his second race in the space of five days.

On this occasion it’s the Mother City’s turn to host the third and final leg of the popular Yellow Pages Series at the Bellville stadium and Mokoka will line up for the 5000-metre race, writes Mark Etheridge.

Mokoka is proving to be a breath of fresh-air in the middle to longer distance events in SA running. Already in the series he’s won the 3000-metre event in Potch and dipping under eight minutes as well. And that was after winning a 10km road race on the same morning. A week later he won the 1500m at the next Series meeting in Tshwane.

Toss in the fact that he also ran a 2hr 08min debut marathon in Korea late last year and there seems no distance that he can’t shine at.

On Sunday he was at it again in the African Cross-Country Championships at Rondebosch, Cape Town. On this occasion he was only the second South African, in sixth spot behind five visiting Kenyans and one spot behind fellow South African Kgosi Tsosane.

Still, he was using the Rondebosch race as a learning curve. “We took it out very fast because that’s how they race at World Championships so we must get used to it,” said Mokoka.

“Unfortunately the race ended up being something of a tactical thing but one thing I learnt from that was that my speed is not where it should be right now.”

To that effect Thursday’s 5000m will be the perfect platform for him to work on his speed especially as Tsosane is back in the mix.

Helping matters is the fact that 2009 national cross-country champion Xolisa Tjali is there as well. And how about this — at the grand old age of 37 national recordholder Shadrack Hoff makes a return to competition.

Hoff set the national mark of 13:14.16 a long 16 years ago, and even he would have expected someone to improve on that by now.

Gates open at 4.30pm on Thursday afternoon. The pre programme starts at 5pm, with the main programme getting underway at 6.30pm.  Tickets are available at the gate (R20 for adults and R10 for children).

One Comment

  1. Junior

    March 9, 2011 at 11:11 am

    I found it truly unacceptable that there still in zero information about this event available (or am i missing something?) – no programme or athlete list …… nothing!!!!!

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