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Mlambo's pledge

By unknown | Jan 03, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

Pocket-sized prominent Emndeni, Soweto, runner Poppy Mlambo believes she is in great shape to make a clean sweep this year.

This was after the outspoken Mlambo won the celebrated 15km Sao Silvestre Road Race in Maputo, Mozambique, on New Year's Eve.

She clocked 52 mins, 01 secs in winning the event.

"It was pouring cats and dogs but I'm happy that I did well. It was my third consecutive win," said Mlambo, who pocketed $1 572 (about R11 000) for her efforts.

"The victory gave me a lot of confidence going into 2007, which is expected to be a hectic year because of the number of major competitions.

"I would have loved to do 10000m with the hope of qualifying for the World Championships in Athletics in Japan but, locally, competition is devoid of good participants.

"We do not have a lot of quality runners for the event, that is why we (South Africa) have not had a representative in the 10 000m at major competitions.

"Maybe one will consider the 5 000m depending on the level of competition we will have this year, but going to the World Student Games in Hong Kong is confirmed. The plan is to continue training hard in the next few days to maintain my speed ahead of the start of the South African road running season."

Mlambo, a sports management student at the University of Johannesburg, is now eyeing the first Nedbank Matha Series in Tshwane on January 20.

"There is a lot of money involved, so all the quality runners and some of the African local countries will be there."


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