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Kalmer fights back

Forced to drop out of last weekend’s Spar women’s 10-kilometre Challenge in Johannesburg, Rene Kalmer is fighting back, writes Mark Etheridge.

Ultra-versatile Kalmer has had a good but frustrating year as she has had to constantly monitor an irritating ITB (knee) injury.

The injury flared up during her defence of the Old Mutual Two Oceans half-marathon earlier this year and despite treatment returned on a few occasions, although she was nevertheless still able to run her debut international marathon in the Czech Republic in May.

But the injury was still present in Prague and she also had to pull out of the Spar 10km in Durban in June. She bounced back in typical fashion though to win the SA half-marathon championships in Port Elizabeth in July and go on to represent South Africa in the marathon at the IAAF World Athletics Championships in Daegu last month.

Last week’s Spar race saw it all come crashing down again. Ever the optimist Kalmer said on Saturday that they seem to be making progress.

“I’m back on intense treatment for the ITB. We discovered the culprit is hills and my foot placement change in my racers.

“This year has been so frustrating because I train like a machine and then the ITB flares up every time.

“I’m with a new chiro now and the goal is to sort out all the niggles before next year.”

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