Updated: January 23, 2016


Tanith Maxwell will aim for another podium place when she turns out in the Gran Canaria Marathon in Las Palmas on Sunday.
The 39-year-old athlete was confirmed in the elite field by the organisers this week.
She finished second at the annual 42km race in the Canary Islands last year in 2:39:43, though she crossed the line more than four minutes behind Ethiopian winner Sasho Insermu.
Maxwell, who set her personal best of 2:32:33 in Berlin in 2010, will be eager to prove she still has the speed to compete for a place in the SA team for the Rio Olympics, after finishing third at last year’s 56km Two Oceans ultra-marathon in Cape Town.
Seven women – Christine Kalmer, Mapaseka Makhanya, Lebo Phalula, Jenna Challenor, Keneilwe Sesing, Caroline Wostmann and Zintle Xiniwe – have already achieved the revised IAAF standard of 2:45:00 since Sascoc opened the qualifying window in May last year, led by Kalmer’s 2:33:43 performance in Valencia in November.
Maxwell has represented the country at four editions of the biennial World Championships, and she is expected to target her second appearance at the Olympics after finishing 81st at the 2012 London Games.