Event: Women’s Long Distances Date of birth: 1985/04/09 Personal bests: 800m (2:03.36),...
MAKHANYA TO RUN DAEGU MARATHON
Mapaseka Makhanya will compete at the Daegu Marathon in South Korea in April, the elite distance runner has confirmed, as she aims to improve her chances of qualifying for the Rio Olympics.
Makhanya has already achieved the required 2:45:00 standard for the Games, after the SA qualifying window opened in May last year.
The 30-year-old athlete, who set her personal best of 2:31:02 in Hannover in April last season, finished fourth at the Shanghai Marathon in November, clocking 2:37:21.
That performance saw her climb to second place behind Christine Kalmer (2:33:43) among the seven women who have dipped under the qualifying mark, with less than three months remaining before the window closes.
However, with Irvette van Zyl, Rene Kalmer, Jenna Challenor and Tanith Maxwell all expected to join the qualifying race during the northern hemisphere spring season, Makhanya will hope to clock a fast time and ensure her place in the Rio team.
The eighth edition of the annual Daegu Marathon will be held on April 3. Kenyan Margaret Agai holds the women’s course record of 2:23:28.