Event: Women’s Long Distances Date of birth: 1985/04/09 Personal bests: 800m (2:03.36),...
KALMER READY FOR VIENNA MARATHON
Aiming for the third sub-2:30 performance of her career, Rene Kalmer believes she can set a new personal best when she lines up at the Vienna Marathon on Sunday.
Kalmer, who set her career record of 2:29:27 when she finished ninth at last year’s Berlin Marathon, was raring to go at the annual 42km race.
“I feel confident. My preparations went better than before Berlin,” she said after arriving in Austria this week.
No South African has previously won the men’s or women’s events at the Vienna Marathon, though Tanith Maxwell secured victory in the corresponding half-marathon race in 2013.
While Kalmer admitted she had picked up a niggling injury during her preparation, she confirmed she had fully recovered.
“I had an Achilles scare early in my build-up, but I’m happy that I managed to sort it out quickly,” she said.
The 34-year-old South African was set to line up as the sixth fastest athlete in the elite women’s field, which was spearheaded by German defending champion Anna Hahner and Japan’s Noriko Higuchi, who won the 2011 Tokyo Marathon.