Charne favourite to win Two Oceans

Afro Voice (Northern Cape) - - SPORT - NEVILLE KHOZA nevillek@the­newage.co.za

DE­SPITE fo­cus­ing on de­fend­ing her down run ti­tle at the Com­rades in June, Charne Bos­man is favoured to win the Old Mu­tual Two Oceans marathon in Cape Town on Satur­day.

Bos­man has been pre­par­ing for the ul­tra marathon in KwaZulu-Natal Com­rades by com­pet­ing in marathons as part of her train­ing.

And in two of the marathons she ran, John­son Crane Hire and BestMed Tuks, she won both in im­pres­sive times.

“My main fo­cus is to de­fend my ti­tle in June at the Com­rades and if I can do a top five po­si­tion at the Two Oceans I will be sat­is­fied,” Bos­man said.

“But if I feel good on the day, I will run the best I can,” she said.

While she said that a Two Oceans/ Com­rades Marathon dou­ble is pos­si­ble this year, Bos­man said she won’t be go­ing all out to em­u­late ri­val Caro­line Wost­mann who did the dou­ble in 2015.

“The good thing is that the time be­tween Two Oceans and Com­rades is long enough so there is enough time to re­cover. “You just need to take a rest af­ter Two Oceans and I have also been in a lot of other races and they are all part of my train­ing.

“I think I can win both the Two Oceans and the Com­rades, that’s what Caro­line Wost­mann showed a few years back, so that gives me a lot of courage to do that.”

“I think a top five time will be around 3.48 and the win­ning time will be around 3.37 or 3.38,but we will see what will hap­pen.

“Once again, I will run my own race. I think it is im­por­tant to know your ac­tual strengths and not to start too fast and try to fin­ish strongly at the end.”

Mean­while, Rene Kalmer used the Spar Ladies 10km chal­lenge last week to pre­pare for the Two Oceans’ half marathon.

“Last year I had to fol­low the race on TV with my new-born Karli, and this year I’m aim­ing for an­other top 10 fin­ish.”

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