Johannesburg – South Africa’s top middle distance athletes will be out in full force at the
FNB Joburg 10K CITYRUN on Sunday.
national Record Holder, Stephen Mokoka, and the in-form Glenrose Xaba are going all
out to add the title to their already impressive list of
13 000 participants will be celebrating the second anniversary of this the
popular race that will run through the streets of Johannesburg to celebrate
heritage day on Sunday.
The race will start at FNB Bank
City Johannesburg and finish at the Mary Fitzgerald Square in Newtown.
year Mokoka finished 7th and Xaba 5th. This year, though, the scene is vastly
In 2016 Mokoka had just returned from the Olympic Games and
was fatigued. This year he is in shape and eager to add this title to his name.
who is just 22 years old, has come into the shape of her life in the last
few months, winning both SA Cross Country titles (10km and 4km), on September 9 and running a personal best in the 10km at the Cape Town Marathon on September 17. Xaba took 31 seconds off her previous best when she clocked 33:25 in
the 10km in Cape Town las week.
fact, Xaba has improved her 10km best four times in 2017. Opening with 34:49 in
Cape Town in April, Xaba’s next race was timed at 34:15 in Port Elizabeth, a
month later. Then on June 11 she went under 34 minutes for the first time in
her career, clocking 33:56, before setting her most recent PB.
"This year I am injury free," she said.
"I am training with Michael Seme’s
group in Pretoria, and it is paying off.
"I am looking forward to Sunday’s
race. I know Sunday will be tough. Cornelia (Joubert) is always dangerous and
has been in good shape this year. She won the National Half Marathon
Championships in Port Elizabeth in June. Lebogang (Phalula) is the defending
champion, so she will be dangerous too."
Mokoka also feels he has prepared well for this year’s race.
have added something new to my training routine, which I obviously cannot
disclose to all my competitors at this stage," he said.
have unfinished business here after last year. I was tired. This year it is
different and I am in good shape.
of the top middle distance runners will be in action so I'm looking forward to a
Mokoka will be his friend and rival Sibusiso Nzima who finished 3rd last
Nzima is coming back into the shape that made him so dangerous in
2016 and saw him being selected for the World Marathon Championships this year.
Nzima has raced very sparingly in 2017 and is guaranteed to be fresh come race
field is loaded with Desmond Mokgobu and Mbongeni Ngxazozo also in the line-up.
David Manja finished 4th at the National Cross Country Championships, just
behind Thabang Mosiako. They will all be serious threats.
all eyes will be on Lebogang Phalula, Xaba and Cornelia Joubert, Rutendo
Nyahora cannot be written off.
28-year-old Zimbabwean loves racing in South Africa. She has been a thorn
in the side of the local women for years and thrives on courses that offer a