JOHANNESBURG – Six seconds. It’s too short a time, right? To an athlete, however, that can seem like an eternity.
Desmond Mokgobu missed the title of South African Half Marathon champion by that much last year. And no, Mokgobu did not finish as a runner-up at the national championships. The former Olympic marathoner came in a distant sixth place behind winner Stephen Mokoka.
While he is returning to Port Elizabeth this weekend eager to cut way over six seconds from the 61 minutes 50 seconds that he ran in 2018, Mokgobu is realistic enough to know that an improvement will not automatically equate to the title.
“I’ll be very happy if I made the top 10 again,” Mokgobu said yesterday. “I want to go the world champs next year and I think ASA (Athletics South Africa) will probably select five or six athletes at the weekend. So my aim is to try and dip under 61 minutes.”
Mokgobu is a 42.2km specialist and will be in the national team that will represent the country at the global championships in Doha later this year (September to October).