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Nkhasi strives to regain form

Leemisa Thuseho

MIDDLE distance runner Namakoe Nkhasi is confident that he is on the right track towards regaining his top form after a slump last year.

The 2016 Olympian revealed to the Sunday Express that he suffered a lot from family problems last year but is now back in full force targeting top honours in any race that he participates in after the global Coronavirus (COVID-19) induced break.

“Last year was a tough year due to family issues that I was going through but now all is well and I am fit,” Nkhasi said.

Last year Nkhasi finished ninth in the Two Oceans Half Marathon and came third in the Soweto Half Marathon.

He also won a bronze medal at the Tembisa Street Mile and 10 km Run/Walk. Nkhasi has failed to win the FNB Joburg 10km CityRun having last won it in 2016. Last year he finished sixth, his worst performance in the race.

And the marathoner says all these performances were below par.

Before the break, Nkhasi was preparing for the 2020 edition of the 21 km Two Oceans Marathon that was scheduled for 11 April. However, it has now been cancelled due to the Coronavirus outbreak.

Nkhasi won the race back to back in 2016 and 2017 and he said he was ready to reclaim top honours.

“I wasn’t aiming for any other position but a win. I was fully prepared because the results from that race were to tell whether or not I had regained my form,” Nkhasi said.

As part of his preparations, he ran and won the 10 km Township Championship in Soweto in February.

Had it not been for the Coronavirus outbreak, he had hoped to run at least three races; a 10km, a 21km and a 42km race.

“That is how I prepare every year. I run three different races but I am planning to change and prioritise half marathons,” Nkhasi said.

Nkhasi was last called for the national team in 2016 ahead of the Rio Olympics and he is hopeful for another chance.

“I still want to represent my country at the international level and I am hoping for the best in the near future.”

Although he is based in neighbouring South Africa, he is currently in Lesotho due to the Coronavirus outbreak.


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