Mzazi targets SA 10km title after gold in Belgrade

BELGRADE - Young South African middle-distance athlete Sibabalwe Mzazi is aiming high with the national 10km title now featuring high on his target list.

BELGRADE - Young South African middle-distance athlete Sibabalwe Mzazi is aiming high with the national 10km title now featuring high on his target list.

The humble Mzazi made South Africa proud by winning a gold medal in the men's 10000m final at the 25th World Student Games in Serbia last week.

Despite having completed the competition, Mzazi has been hard at training under the guidance of Tshwane University of Technology coach Mlungisi "Jazz" Mnyengeza in the streets of Belgrade.

"I have a big race on August 29 in Stellenbosch, the Nedbank South African 10km championships. That is why I was back at training to loosen up the morning after winning gold here," said Mzazi yesterday.

"Coach Jazz has been helping me a lot here in Serbia with my training programme to maintain shape after the World Student Games, though I still keep in touch with my coach back in South Africa, Joseph Diale.

"I was quite happy with my performance in Serbia, this has encouraged me a lot in the preparations for the SA 10km national championships.

"Naturally, the plan is to challenge for a gold medal but the competition will be tough because all the big guns like Hendrick Ramaala and an old friend of mine, Stephen Mokoka, will also be there."

Mzazi, who is from Joubertina in North West, is studying sport science at the Vaal University of Technology. Star Hlongwane, head of sport at the university, has congratulated Mzazi on winning gold in Belgrade. In the same race, another South African, Lungisa Mdedelwa, grabbed a bronze medal.

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