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Khatoane returns to action


Leemisa Thuseho

TOP long distance runner Jobo Khatoane is looking forward to kick starting his season at the 2021 Capital City Marathon.

This road race is scheduled for 26 and 27 February in Pietermaritzburg.

Khatoane is making his return to action after last competing last February during the Gabasheane Rakabaele annual memorial half marathon in Berea.

Khatoane told this publication that he has already received his invitation for the race and was already hard at work as he was looking forward to starting his season in style after spending a full year away from competitive races due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

“It is confirmed that I will be running at the 2021 Capital City Marathon and this will be my first race after the Covid-19 outbreak,” Khatoane said.

The race consists of the 5 kilometre and 10 km races. Khatoane will contest in the 10 km race.

Despite coming from a lengthy break, Khatoane said he was fit and ready to fight for a top position at the event.

“I am feeling strong and I am going to work hard to make the nation proud. It is not going to be an easy race because it is an invitational event and it targets the best runners. My target is to break my 10km personal best (28:40),” Khatoane said.

Although he is happy to returning to action, he was worried that it was still difficult to get proper preparations for major events due to Covid-19 restrictions.

Apart from the road race, Khatoane is also considering participating in a track event organised by Capital City Marathon. The dates and times for the event are expected to be announced today. The two-day will be held at the Msunduzi Athletics Stadium in Pietermaritzburg.


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