The manager of veteran runner Zola Budd is considering legal action to resolve a dispute over her exclusion as this year’s Comrades Marathon age category winner – because she did not wear her age category tag.
The decision meant that Budd, 48, did not receive R12 000 prize money for being the first female veteran, but still qualified for a R25 000 prize for overall seventh place in the women’s race and kept her gold medal.
Budd was the oldest top 10 finisher in the women’s race since Maria Bak’s seventh place in 2008.
Her manager, Ray de Vries, said yesterday he was getting legal opinion on the matter because he still had not received any feedback from the Comrades Marathon or KZN Athletics on the issue.
De Vries said he could not divulge too much about the possible court action. He also said Budd would not comment.