Other sport 12.2.2015 03:13 pm

Seme looks to grab top podium spot

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Versatile South African distance runner Sikhumbuzo Seme says he is confident he will improve on last year’s performance at the Bestmed Tuks road race and will be gunning for first place on February 21.

“I’ve been training hard preparing for the day and have also been doing well in my other races so far. So I’m confident I will do well,” Seme said at the race launch in Pretoria on Tuesday.

“Last year I came third because I didn’t really set high goals and had planned to finish in the top five.”

Making his debut last year, Seme finished third behind Benedict Moeng and Stephen Mokoka, who won the 10km event in thirty minutes, six seconds. (30:06).

“Mokoka is a great runner and his performance is always good. Last year, he was one of the top runners, but this year I’m not really scared of the top runners because a race is a race and anything can happen.

“All I need to do is just do what I do in training and everything will work out right for me.”

The former track athletic said he had set the bar high for 2015 and a win next Saturday would be a good indication that his plans were on track.

“I’m more relaxed running longer distances and have been doing well. That’s why I’ve decided to just focus on it to improve my career as a athlete.

“Winning this race will really boost my confidence and if things continue to go well, I can represent South Africa at next year’s World Half Marathon champions.”

Seme said he hoped the weather — which could play a crucial role in his tactics — would favour him on the day.

“If the weather gets too hot, it’s going to affect my performance and may slow me down.

“I prefer running in cooler conditions and I’ve done well in all the races in similar circumstances.”

 

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