CAPE TOWN – Six men and eight women with IAAF Gold Label Status will be on the start line of the 2019 Sanlam Cape Town Marathon on Sunday to take on the 42.2km race.
With no Stephen Mokoka to defend his title due to World Championship commitments, South Africa’s hopes will rest firmly on the shoulders of Elroy Gelant.
This will be a true test for Gelant as he will be racing in only his second marathon, having debuted here in 2017 when he finished in 2:12.49 in fifth overall.
“For me, 2017 was just a tester to see how I would handle the marathon,” said Gelant. “I always knew I would make the move to the distance sooner rather than later. There was no pressure and I could see what the distance was all about.
“I want to run the marathon at the Olympics in Tokyo in 2020, so this year’s Cape Town Marathon is the perfect time for me to get in my qualifier and then focus on the preparation for the Games.”