Event: Women’s Long Distances Date of birth: 1985/04/09 Personal bests: 800m (2:03.36),...
MZAZI READY FOR DUBAI MARATHON
Gladwin Mzazi will spearhead a lone South African charge at the prestigious Dubai Marathon in the United Arab Emirates on Friday morning.
Mzazi will face a world-class field which includes six former winners of the race, led by Ethiopian course record holder Ayele Abshero, who clocked 2:04:23 in 2012.
The 27-year-old Boxer Athletic Club star, a former track specialist, has completed only one previous race over the 42km distance.
He finished 22nd at the Fukuoka Marathon in Japan in 2014, clocking a relatively disappointing 2:17:43.
Mzazi lined up at last year’s Sanlam Cape Town Marathon but pulled out after picking up a calf injury.
His best times over 10km (28:22) and 21km (1:01:12), however, provide an indication of his significant potential, as the Pretoria-based athlete aims to join the marathon qualifying race for the Rio Olympics.
“I’m feeling good and hoping for a good run,” Mzazi said before he left for the UAE.
The women’s line-up in Dubai is led by former champions Mulu Seboka, Tirfi Tsegaye and Mamitu Daska.
A strong Ethiopian contingent will look to bag the men’s and women’s titles for the fifth year in a row.
The annual IAAF Gold Label race is one of the fastest and most lucrative road running events in the world.
Branding itself as “The World’s Richest Marathon”, with $800 000 (R13.4 million) in prize money on offer to the top 10 men and women, Dubai has produced 11 sub-2:05 men’s performances since it was re-launched by the organisers in 2008.
The women’s course record of 2:19:31 was set by Ethiopian Aselefech Mergia in 2012.
* Live coverage of the race, to be held on Friday (22 January, 2016), starts at 4.20am on SuperSport 7