Event: Women’s Long Distances Date of birth: 1985/04/09 Personal bests: 800m (2:03.36),...
DE REUCK SET FOR ULTRA DEBUT
Former South African distance running star Colleen de Reuck will return ‘home’ next month to make her ultra-distance debut at the Old Mutual Two Oceans 56km race in Cape Town.
The 51-year-old athlete, who now represents the United States, would turn out in the colours of KPMG Running Club, the local outfit revealed on Thursday.
“In discussions with Colleen, she said to us she is looking for a strong race and is targeting something around a top five position,” said KPMG club manager Dana Coetzee.
The club also confirmed she had entered the 89km Comrades Marathon in KwaZulu-Natal in May.
De Reuck would join former compatriot Caroline Wostmann, who won Two Oceans and Comrades last year, as SA’s newest professional team prepared for a double assault.
De Reuck set the SA marathon record of 2:26:35 in 1996, earning international respect over a variety of distances by establishing herself among the country’s finest athletes.
She competed at three Olympic Games for South Africa before taking up US citizenship after the 2000 showpiece in Sydney.
At the 2004 Athens Games she represented America, and has also turned out for her adoptive nation at numerous other international competitions, including the 2002 World Cross Country Championships in Dublin where she secured the bronze medal in the senior women’s 8km event.
Having established herself as one of the top athletes in the world in the veteran age group, De Reuck proved earlier this month she was still a force as a master athlete, taking 64th position in 2:49:56 at the US Olympic Marathon Trials in Los Angeles.