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By unknown | Feb 09, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

All eyes will be on Coolboy "Snoop Dogg" Ngamole at this year's Durban City Marathon.

All eyes will be on Coolboy "Snoop Dogg" Ngamole at this year's Durban City Marathon.

Ngamole will lead South African athletes wishing to take the title at the 2009 marathon.

Last year, he led the SA Marathon Championships race for 34km and now he's ready to take the crown.

Ngamole, who will be running in the colours of Central Gauteng, will be racing against the clock.

"I'm off from work for the whole week to keep myself rested for the competition. My preparation was focused on beating the stipulated qualifying time of 2:12 for the World Championship. Winning the race will be a bonus," he said.

"Last year I ran with a wrong shoe that is fit for shorter distances and that was one of the reasons I could not keep up, but I've learned my lesson".

When asked about the Lesotho title holder Mabuthile Lebopo (2:13:52) who might also look forward to defending the title, Ngamole said, "I'm at my peak and I will be running my own race. If I need to lead again, I will.

"I will not allow anybody to set the pace for me. But Lebopo is not my worry at the moment as I'm anticipating stiff opposition from Tsotang Maine. I know that since he did not run the Nedbank Soweto Marathon, Lesotho will set him on us in Durban but I'm ready for all kinds of surprises."

The Marathon will take place on Sunday and will start at the Kings Park Stadium in Durban. The starting time for the 42.2km is 5.30am, 10km at 6.25am and wheelchair marathon at 5.25am. - Sapa


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