Event: Women’s Long Distances Date of birth: 1985/04/09 Personal bests: 800m (2:03.36),...
ELITE STARS RETURN FOR ONERUN RACE
All three podium finishers from last year’s race will be back next month, with Kenyan athletes again expected to spearhead the elite men’s line-up for the second edition of the FNB Cape Town OneRun.
Emmanuel Bett would return to defend his title, organisers confirmed on Tuesday, along with Daniel Salel, who pushed his compatriot all the way to the line in a thrilling sprint finish at last year’s 12km road race.
Timothy Toroitich of Uganda would also be in the field again, after taking third place in 2015.
“It is not every day that a race can bring back its top three athletes from the previous year, so it’s fantastic news for us,” said Michael Meyer, managing director of organisers Stillwater Sports.
“Bett and Salel chased each other so hard in 2015 that they missed the world’s best time for the 12km (33:31) by only one second.
“We could not have asked for a better debut for the race and with both coming back to race again, knowing what lies ahead of them there is a chance that the world best time will go.”
Bett has been in solid form this year, clocking 1:01:55 at the RAK Ras Al Khaimah Half-Marathon in the UAE in February and 1:02:37 at the prestigious Lisbon Half-Marathon in March.
Salel, meanwhile, finished 12th at the World’s Best 10km in San Juan in February, after crossing the line in an impressive high-altitude time of 30:10 at a 10km race in Eldoret the month before.
With organisers confirming that timing mats would be placed at the 5km and 10km marks at this year’s OneRun race, splits at these distances will be considered for record performances for the first time.
The local line-up and elite women’s field will be announced at a later stage.
For more information on the annual race, to be held on May 15, visit www.thecapetown12.com