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Kalmer is the one to beat - Mlambo

By unknown | Oct 11, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Linda Moreotsene

Linda Moreotsene

Top South African athlete Poppy Mlambo has tipped her stablemate Rene Kalmer to win the Spar 10km women's race in Johannesburg on Sunday.

Mlambo made the prediction - a rarity in sport - because Kalmer has been outstanding throughout the other legs of the race.

She won three races in the series - in Port Elizabeth, Durban and Cape Town - and only loosened her grip in the Pretoria race, where Zimbabwean Sharon Tavengwa won.

That puts Kalmer firmly in control, and the likeliest person to walk away with the R50000 prize on offer to the athlete with the most points.

Mlambo knows this, and she goes into this race intending to better her position on the Grand Prix leader board.

"Rene is currently first on the Grand Prix [leader] board, and I'm eighth. I came second in Port Elizabeth and was in Osaka when the Pretoria race happened. Frankly, I do not see anyone beating her this year, that is how well she has been running," Mlambo said.

Mlambo and Kalmer have been competitors since their days as juniors, and have since cultivated a bond, which deepened when Mlambo joined Kalmer at Mr Price from her Soweto club.

"We care about each other," said Mlambo.


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