Updated: July 1, 2015

(Photo credit: Reg Caldecott)

Ultra-distance sensation Caroline Wostmann will compete at the New York Marathon in November, as she takes the first step in a possible attempt to book her place in the SA team for next year’s Rio Olympics.
Wostmann, who won the Two Oceans and Comrades ultra-marathons this year, holds a 42km personal best of 2:44:57.
However, by focussing on the Olympic distance over the next few months, her coach, Lindsey Parry, believes she can compete for a spot in the SA team, provided she can chop nearly 10 minutes off her career record at the World Marathon Majors race in the Big Apple.
“If Caroline manages to run a time close to or faster than two hours and 35 minutes, I think next year’s Olympic Marathon will be our next goal,” Parry said on Wednesday.
“I would then like her to run a second marathon roundabout April next year where her goal should be to run a time as close as possible to two hours and 30 minutes.
“If she manages to do that, she will probably be one of South Africa’s top-three female marathon athletes.”
After producing spectacular breakthrough performances this season over ultra distances, Wostmann said she looked forward to a new challenge.
“Nothing is impossible. The only limitations we have are the limitations we put on ourselves and I will never limit myself by saying I am not capable of doing something,” said the High Performance Centre athlete, who competes for Nedbank Running Club.
“I strive to give it my best and if I don’t succeed it is OK. It is not the end of the world. All that matters is that I enjoy what I am doing.
“After winning the Comrades it felt as if I had achieved my ultimate goal, and obviously Comrades will still be there next year, but I feel I should challenge myself by doing something else, something new which I have not done before.
“I like the uncertainty of pushing the boundaries, not knowing whether it is possible to break through.”
Parry, meanwhile, believed another of his athletes, Irvette van Zyl, could also be ready to aim for the Olympic marathon.
Van Zyl, still competing with relative success in short-distance road races, and her husband, 400m hurdler LJ van Zyl, are expecting their first child in mid-September.
Provided she was able to resume full training before the end of the year, Parry was confident she could target the Olympic qualifier in April.
“What counts in Irvette’s favour is that, because she has been doing quality training until now, she has not lost much of her fitness,” Parry said.
“During the next few weeks I would like her to continue her training on an indoor cycle.”