Molot­sane cool un­der pres­sure ahead of third out­ing

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Kesa Molot­sane, the win­ner of the sec­ond round of the Spar Women’s Chal­lenge 10km road race, which was held in Port El­iz­a­beth at Pol­lok Beach, is ready to hit the trail in the Dur­ban leg to­day.

Molot­sane won her race last month af­ter tak­ing sec­ond in her maiden road event in Green Point in Cape Town in April.

The Bloem­fontein-based run­ner said her suc­cess so far was due to the hard work she has been putting in.

“It is all down to hard work, but I can’t re­lax as I haven’t won the series yet,” she said dur­ing a tele­phone in­ter­view.

Molot­sane said win­ning put her un­der more pres­sure.

“I am new, but on top of the log. Each race mo­ti­vates me as I am a threat to my op­po­nents. That’s why I have to work three times harder than be­fore. When I came through, no one ex­pected me to win be­cause I am new to this type of race.”

The 25-year-old won the race in 33.13 min­utes, just a few sec­onds ahead of Irvette van Zyl (33.21 min­utes) and sea­soned long-dis­tance cam­paigner Ma­paseka Makhanya, who came third (33.40 min­utes).

Re­spond­ing to a ques­tion on who her big­gest op­po­nent was, the na­tional 5 000m cham­pion said she re­spected all her fel­low com­peti­tors, but that she fo­cuses on her­self.

Molot­sane said it was not easy adapt­ing to road run­ning com­ing from a Grand Prix, cross-coun­try and track back­ground.

“In my first race, it was un­com­fort­able be­cause I was not used to road run­ning, but I had to adapt and that meant stay­ing fo­cused.”

Reg­is­tra­tion for the race takes place at the Coast of Dreams Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­tre in Dur­ban from Thurs­day to Satur­day.

To­day’s race be­gins at 8am at Growth­point Kings Park Sta­dium.

There will also be a 5km run or walk at the end of the race.

To­day’s event will be the third of six races that Spar will host this year. The next one will be in Pre­to­ria on Au­gust 5.

PHOTO: REG CALDECOTT / GALLO IM­AGES

SET TO WIN Kesa Molot­sane is mo­ti­vated

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