Cross-country enters crucial stage

South Africa's preparation for the World Cross-Country Championships enters a crucial stage when some of the country's leading athletes compete at the 34th Janmeda International Cross-Country Championships in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Sunday.

South Africa's preparation for the World Cross-Country Championships enters a crucial stage when some of the country's leading athletes compete at the 34th Janmeda International Cross-Country Championships in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Sunday.

The yearly event is coupled with the Ethiopia National Cross-Country Championships, and serves as Ethiopia's trials to select their team for the IAAF world championships in Edinburgh, Scotland on March 30.

"This is the kind of competition I need to prove that I can hold my own against the best in the world. As I focus my training for the world championships, this race is a brilliant test run," say Boy Soke from Free State.

The two-time SA senior men's champion will also be defending his title at the regional championships in Lusaka, Zambia on February 23.

Other athletes scheduled to compete in the senior men's 12km in Addis Ababa are Stephen Mokoka (Athletics Vaal Triangle), Tshamano Setone (Central Gauteng Athletics), and Siyabonga Nkonde (KZN Athletics). - Sapa

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