July 20, 2024

Gelant, Mokoka to use Absa RUN YOUR CITY DURBAN 10K as final fitness test before Olympic Marathon

After being officially added to the latest SA Olympic team, Elroy Gelant is enthusiastic about his third consecutive Olympic appearance, while Stephen Mokoka is proud to don the green and gold for the fourth time.

However, both elite athletes will first focus their attention on the Absa RUN YOUR CITY 10K on Sunday, 7 July 2024, as part of their preparation for the marathon at #Paris2024

“I’m looking forward to the Absa RUN YOUR CITY DURBAN 10K. I understand the expectations at the event and am prepared for the challenge,” confirms Gelant.

The 37-year-old has been in the shape of his life in 2024 setting personal bests over the marathon (2:08:56) and 10km (27:54), while winning national titles over both the standard marathon and half marathon.

Inspired by Precious Mashele’s 27:35 national record at the Absa RUN YOUR CITY GQEBERHA 10K last year, Gelant produced a maiden sub-28-minute 10km at the Absa RUN YOUR CITY CAPE TOWN 10K in May and has singled out the series as an important step in his own Olympic journey because it has helped to improve the standard of road running in South Africa.

Our current generation of athletes are phenomenal. I think last year in Gqeberha was a good eye opener to show that we can dip under 28 minutes.

“And I think that theres going to be one or two more that will be motivated by these performances to run that sub-28. This is good because ultimately that will improve our performances as long-distance athletes in South Africa.”

Gelant will line up alongside compatriot Stephen Mokoka when they take on the East Africans during the Olympic Marathon on 10 August.

Mokoka says his plan is to use the Absa RUN YOUR CITY DURBAN 10K as a fitness test before the big day in the French capital.

Stephen Mokoka during training. PHOTO: Lebohang Nkutha

The Absa RUN YOUR CITY DURBAN 10K is going to be a fitness checkup for me to see how my preparation has been going,” explains Mokoka.

It will be my final race before the Olympics. So, it’s part of the plan to make sure that I will be at my best. The Absa RUN YOUR CITY Series has the best 10km races in the country.

“Its always exciting because of the quality of the field and the incentives that are there to motivate us to try and run faster.

Sub 28 will be good, but I’ll take anything under 29 because at the end of the day I must save up some energy for the Olympics.

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