Cape Town braced for ‘gold la­bel’ marathon

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - WEEK­END ARGUS RE­PORTER

THE SANLAM Cape Town Marathon takes cen­tre stage to­mor­row and ex­cite­ment seems to be build­ing in the Mother City.

The weather didn’t play along yes­ter­day, though, and the race expo at the Wa­ter­front was cut short.

Up to 20 000 run­ners will make their way to the start line in Beach Road, Sea Point to­mor­row.

Asefa Negewo will be the man to beat. He made his­tory last year when he won in record time, cross­ing the line in two hours, eight min­utes and 41 sec­onds.

Race or­gan­is­ers pre­sented their elite men’s and women’s fields yes­ter­day. Five of them have run un­der 2:10 and two have dipped un­der 2:09. Four women have bro­ken 2:30.

South African 5 000m record holder El­roy Ge­lant, 31, will be mak­ing his de­but. He was the pace­maker last year so should be­fa­mil­iar with the first 30km of the route. He is the fastest in the field over 5 000m, 10 000m, 10km and the half marathon.

Many be­lieve he has made the move to the marathon at just the right time.

The women’s field is ar­guably the strong­est yet as­sem­bled, with Agnes Jep­kem­boi Kiprop clock­ing 2: 23.54 in Frank­furt six years ago. Lead­ing the South African charge will be Irvette van Zyl, who has a per­sonal best of 2:31.26.

To­mor­row’s race will be the first time that a marathon will be run with IAAF Gold La­bel sta­tus on African soil.

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