He has reached his peak early in the season and he is unbeaten in five races this year.
The soft-spoken athlete will run the NN Mission Marathon in Hamburg, Germany, on April 11. He is part of the 100 elite runners who were invited by the NN Running Team and Global Sports Commission. Mashele is targeting a sub-2:10 at the marathon in Germany so that he can be able to qualify for the Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan, in July.
The SA men's qualifying time is 2:11:30 and so far, Stephen Mokoka, Desmond Mokgobu, and Elroy Gelant have qualified for the Games. Gelant has run the third slowest qualifying time of 2:10:30 and if Mashele can achieve his set target in Germany, he would be able to remove Gelant from the Olympic marathon team.
“I am happy with my time, I have always wanted to run a sub-28. The weather condition was cool. I have been training for a marathon and do not have speed. I am targeting a sub- 13:30 in the 5000m. I just run with strength and lack speed because I have been focusing a lot of my energy on the marathon," Mashele told Sowetan.