Event: Women’s Long Distances Date of birth: 1985/04/09 Personal bests: 800m (2:03.36),...
APRIL TO RACE FOR AFRICAN 10KM TEAM
Former Hannover Marathon winner Lusapho April will compete at the world’s largest 10km event next week when he represents the African team at the Peachtree Road Race in Atlanta.
April will join a six-member continental squad captained by former world cross country champion and New York Marathon winner Gebre Gebremariam of Ethiopia in the inaugural Peachtree Cup.
The rest of the African team includes Sammy Kitwara of Kenya, who is in the global all-time top 10 lists over the half-marathon (58:48) and 10km (27:11) distances, as well as eight-time World Cross Country Championships medallist Werknesh Kidane of Ethiopia, three-time Peachtree winner Lineth Chepkurui of Kenya and former world junior 5 000m champion Buze Diriba of Ethiopia.
The other continental teams, each consisting of three men and three women, will be captained by former Olympic bronze medallist Shalane Flanagan (USA), European marathon champion Daniele Meucci of Italy (Europe), and Yusuke Hasegawa of Japan (Asia).
The Peachtree Cup will be incorporated in the annual Peachtree race, which attracts around 60 000 participants each year, with this season’s event to be held on July 4.
Simon Morolong (1995) and Elana Meyer (1999) are the only South Africans to have won the prestigious men’s and women’s titles in Peachtree.
April holds a 10km personal best of 28:42, set in Port Elizabeth more than four years ago.