Nkhabut­lane guns for two ma­jor ti­tles

Lesotho Times - - Sport - Mikia Kalati

CRACK long dis­tance run­ner, Mot­lokoa nkhabut­lane, is hop­ing to end the year on a high note by win­ning the soweto and high Al­ti­tude sum­mer marathons.

this year’s edi­tion of the soweto Marathon is sched­uled for 1 novem­ber, while the high Al­ti­tude event takes place on 5 De­cem­ber in Mokhot­long.

Nkhabut­lane (30) won South Africa’s two oceans Marathon in April this year which car­ried a M250 000 prize, and says he would be gun­ning for two more ma­jor ti­tles be­fore the end of 2015.

“I have been hard at train­ing be­cause I want to re­turn to south Africa for the soweto Marathon and also be there for the high Al­ti­tude sum­mer Marathon,” nkhabut­lane told the Le­sotho Times this week.

“I will run the 42.2 km race in soweto and the half marathon at the high Al­ti­tude in Mokhot­long.”

nkhabut­lane ad­mit­ted it would take “a lot of ef­fort” to pre­vail in the two races, but re­mained op­ti­mistic of do­ing well in both.

“I failed to take part in an­other race held in Cape town in septem­ber be­cause of in­jury and I have not yet re­cov­ered fully,” said the marathoner.

“how­ever, I still be­lieve I will be ready for the two races.”

the vet­eran run­ner is a twotime win­ner of the Cape town two oceans Marathon, but has not won the soweto Marathon.

“I have con­tin­ued to look af­ter my­self be­cause that’s the only way to per­form well and com­pete against the best run­ners from around the world.

“In fact ev­ery ath­lete needs to be dis­ci­plined and work hard in or­der to per­form well.”

Mot­lokoa Nkhabut­lane breaks away from the pack dur­ing the 56km Two Oceans Marathon in April.

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