Event: Women’s Long Distances Date of birth: 1985/04/09 Personal bests: 800m (2:03.36),...
April, Mokgobu gear up for overseas marathons
Lusapho April will target a record fourth victory at the Hannover Marathon in Germany on Sunday, while former national champion Desmond Mokgobu will turn out in the elite men’s race at the Rotterdam Marathon in the Netherlands.
April, who won in Hannover for the third time last year, said he would aim for the course record of 2:08:32 he set in 2013, provided the conditions and the early pace were suitable.
“The weather forecast looks good, and if the pacemakers are doing well, then I want to attack the record,” he said.
“It is some time ago that I ran that fast and it is time now to do it again.
“I feel fine and my training has gone well.”
April is up against the likes of local favourite Arne Gabius, who set the German national record of 2:08:33 at the Frankfurt Marathon in 2015, and Kenyan athletes Philip Sanga and Nicholas Kamakya, who have both dipped under 2:07:00 in their careers.
Mokgobu, meanwhile, will face an even stronger field in Rotterdam in an attempt to improve his 2:11:33 personal best set in Cape Town last season.
The field is spearheaded by Kenyan Marius Kimutai, who clocked 2:05:47 to finish third at last year’s Amsterdam Marathon, fellow Kenyan Laban Korir, who won the 2014 Toronto Marathon and holds a personal best of 2:05:54, and Ethiopian athlete Abera Kuma who won in Rotterdam in 2015.
* The Rotterdam Marathon will be broadcast live at 10am on SuperSport 9