Event: Women’s Long Distances Date of birth: 1985/04/09 Personal bests: 800m (2:03.36),...
MAKHANYA GEARED UP FOR HANNOVER
Mapaseka Makhanya hopes to become the fifth South African woman to break the 2:30 barrier over the 42km distance on Sunday.
Makhanya will make her international marathon debut in Hannover after dipping under 2:38 at altitude in her first two appearances over the classic distance at the Gauteng Marathon in Johannesburg.
“They have agreed on a good pace of 74 minutes (at halfway),” Makhanya said on Saturday.
“I’m feeling good and looking forward to the race.”
While Lusapho April, who will run the Boston Marathon on Monday, won the 2011 and 2013 editions of the men’s race, no South African woman has won the Hannover Marathon.
Four SA women have previously dipped under the 2:30 mark – Elana Meyer, Colleen de Reuck, Frith van der Merwe and Rene Kalmer.