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Duma won the 42km Summer Stanger race and finished fifth in the Maritzburg City Marathon during his build-up to next Sunday’s big one.
“Training with people like Mthembu has really helped me,” he said.
“These are people I call my idols, I’ve been looking up to them, and their knowledge and experience has really been valuable. That’s why I’m confident going in to this year’s Comrades Marathon.
“My eating programme has also played a pivotal role in my proper preparations. I’ve been very careful about the type of food I eat.”
THE Mordovia Arena in Saransk, many, many miles east of Moscow, has a distinctive and, for South Africans, extremely familiar look. It will host four World Cup group games. Given that the stadium cost about $300 million to build, that works out to about $75m per game, a lot of money for a football match, but then again, er, it’s Fifa. Fifa have tried to sell the fact that stadium is not a copy of Soccer City, even though it looks a hell of a lot like Soccer City, just smaller.“The stadium has been designed in the shape of an oval. Its bright range of colours, combining orange, red and white, honours the distinctive colour palette of Mordovia’s arts and crafts,” according to Fifa’s website. Riiiigght. Russia have a “World Cup Directorate” which, erm, directs all things World Cup and it claims the similarities (call it “copy and paste”) is just an “accidental coincidence”.“The final version of visualisation is connected to a greater degree with the symbols of the Republic of Mordovia, which in our country is called ‘solar’,”the directorate explained.“In addition, the sun to Mordovian people embodies the source of life, joy [and] a [new] beginning.” It would have been easier to say,“we like that Soccer City design and we’ll copy it, thanks”.