Mathibelle prepares for Soweto Marathon

Mathibelle prepares for Soweto Marathon

Luciah Phahla

Maseru – Lesotho marathon specialist Tšepo Mathibelle says his preparations for November’s Soweto Marathon are on track.

Mathibelle is aiming to continue Lesotho’s good track record at the event. In 2014, Motlokoa Nkhabutlane finished second while Lebenya Nkoka came fifth last year.

The showpiece marathon is scheduled for November 6.

Mathibelle was speaking fresh from his second place finish in the 21 kilometre half-marathon in Sunday’s eThekwini Township2Township Marathon in Durban.

Mathibelle finished the race in a time of one hour, seven minutes and 59 seconds (1:07.59). It was his first competitive run since last month’s Rio Olympic Games in Brazil.

He said he took part in the eThekwini Township2Township race to prepare for the Soweto Marathon.

He continued that the Soweto Marathon will be his last competition of the year.

“I am very happy with my performance this past Sunday because I never really had time to gym (prior to the race),” Mathibelle told thepost on Tuesday.

“I think I practised for about a week and then I went to Durban and participated in the half marathon. This was my first race after the Olympic Games. I was practising for the Soweto Marathon. It will be my last race this year after that I will rest until January.”

Mathibelle said he will return to training early next year to begin his build-up to the IAAF World Championships scheduled for August 2017.

“I will return to gym in January to prepare for another marathon where I am planning on working hard to improve my personal time and to also prepare for the World Championships because they are around the corner.”

Mathibelle said he is going to work hard to finish in the top three at the Soweto Marathon but is not putting himself under pressure to perform.

“You know as athletes we always aim for the best,” Mathibelle said. “I think this year I want to be among the top three, that’s my goal. But I will be happy with any position because I would have worked for it.”

The winners in both the men’s and women’s races at the Soweto Marathon will walk away with a whopping M200 000.

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