Updated: February 27, 2015

South Africa’s fastest women’s 42km runner in more than a decade, Rene Kalmer, has confirmed she will compete at the Vienna Marathon in April.
Kalmer, who set a personal best of 2:29:27 to finish ninth at last year’s Berlin Marathon, said she had turned down invitations to higher-profile events in order to give herself a better chance of improving her career record.
“Vienna is not as fast as races like the Paris Marathon, which was my reason for choosing this race,” she said.
No South African man or woman has won the Vienna Marathon, though Tanith Maxwell secured victory in the half-marathon race in 2013.
Maura Viceconte of Italy set the women’s 42km course record in 2000, clocking 2:23:47.
“There are a few girls (in the field) who have run around 2:27, and the goal is always to run a PB, so I want to stick with them and target a fast time,” Kalmer said.