Event: Women’s Long Distances Date of birth: 1985/04/09 Personal bests: 800m (2:03.36),...
COACH BACKS WOSTMANN FOR COMRADES WIN
High Performance Centre coach Lindsey Parry (photo credit: Reg Caldecott)
Following Caroline Wostmann’s victory at the Two Oceans ultra-marathon, High Performance Centre coach Lindsey Parry believes she has what it takes to break the lengthy SA drought in the women’s race at the Comrades Marathon.
Wostmann won the 56km race in 3:41:25 in Cape Town on Saturday, crossing the line more than two minutes ahead of Russian defending champion Nina Podnebesnova and becoming the first local woman to bag the title in 14 years.
With less than two months to go to the 89km race in KwaZulu-Natal, Parry hoped Wostmann would become the first SA runner to lift the Comrades women’s crown since Rae Bisschoff in 1998.
“Caroline had one of those dream days on Saturday which most athletes experience only a few times during their careers,” said Parry, a sports scientist based in Pretoria.
“I really think that if she could run the way she ran on Saturday, she could win the Comrades as well.
“What we need to do now is make sure that she recovers fully. Then she needs a couple of weeks of hard training before we start to refresh her for the Comrades.
“Hopefully she will have similar form at the Comrades. This is what we will be aiming for.
“However, we fully realise that it won’t be easy to win the Two Oceans and the Comrades in the same year. Only a handful of athletes have been able to do so.”
Parry was also delighted with the performance of one of his other athletes, Charne Bosman, who finished fifth at Two Oceans.
While Mthandazo Qhina, in fourth place, was the only SA man in the top 10, local athletes dominated the women’s event by scooping five gold medals, with debutant Tanith Maxwell claiming third position.
“Charne also had a good race, sticking exactly to the race plan we had agreed on beforehand,” Parry said.
“She is certainly on track to run a good Comrades.”