Nzima enters the fray

The allure of racing big international names on home soil is becoming more appealing to South Africa’s top middle distance runners such as Rio bound Sibusiso Nzima who is the latest name to be announced by the FNB Cape Town 12 ONERUN organisers for the May 15 race.  Seen here:  Runner’s at the start of the 2015 FNB Cape Town 12 ONERUN.  Photo Credit:  Shawn Benjamin

The allure of racing big international names on home soil is becoming more appealing to South Africa’s top middle distance runners such as Rio bound Sibusiso Nzima who is the latest name to be announced by the FNB Cape Town 12 ONERUN organisers for the May 15 race. Seen here: Runner’s at the start of the 2015 FNB Cape Town 12 ONERUN. Photo Credit: Shawn Benjamin

The allure of racing big international names on home soil is becoming more appealing to South Africa’s top middle distance runners such as Rio bound Sibusiso Nzima who is the latest name to be announced by the FNB Cape Town 12 ONERUN organisers for the May 15 race.

Nzima has had his best year to date, after running a qualifying standard in the marathon in Seville on 20 February. He crossed the line in 2:11.42. Prior to that Nzima finished 6th at the SA 10km Road Championships, clocking 29:54 before running 29:13 in Port Elizabeth in April.

The 29 year-old Nzima then switched his attention to the track. Showing his form, he placed third in both the men’s 5 000m on 15 April and 10 000m a day later.

“I needed to get my speed up again, so I have spent some time on the track,” said Nzima. “My two bronze medals showed me I was back on track and I’m looking forward to the 15th. With Stephen (Mokoka), Elroy (Gelant), Lucky (Mohale) and Gladwin (Mzazi) in the field we should not be afraid of the Kenyans’’, referring to Emmanuel Bett, Daniel Salel and Timonthy Toroitich who took the top three positions in the inaugural FNB Cape Town 12 ONERUN in 2015.

Nzima has a best of 28:29 over the 10km distance, run in 2011, but his form of 2016 has been consistent as he has continuously challenged the likes of Mokoka, Gelant and Mzazi for podium positions in South Africa. Sibusiso Nzima had set as his target the Olympic marathon qualifier in February and all his training had been focused on that. With that goal achieved, the 29-year old Nzima has stepped down in distance to hone his speed and that tactic has begun to pay off. Come 15 May, do not be surprised if Nzima is in the mix when it counts.

EVENT INFORMATION: FNB Cape Town 12 ONERUN

Date: Sunday, 15 May 2016
Time: 09:00
Start Venue: Woodbridge Island, c/o R27 and Loxton Road, Milnerton (Cape Town)
Finish Venue: FNB Building, Portside c/o Mechau and Bree Streets (Cape Town, CBD)

Charity Support: When entering online, runners can choose to support either or both of the FNB Cape Town ONERUN Charities: The Cape Of Good Hope SPCA and Die Burger Kersfonds.

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Twitter: @CTown12 / @SPCACape

Instagram: CapeTown_12 / CapeSPCA

For more information on: Die Burger Kersfonds email azelia.morkel@media24.com, Cape Of Good Hope SPCA visit www.spca-ct.co.za, FNB Cape Town 12 ONERUN visit www.thecapetown12.com

About the FNB Cape Town 12 ONERUN sponsorship:

FNB Business sponsors the FNB Cape Town 12 ONERUN race. The sponsorship forms part of the Bank’s ongoing strategy to support national and community events that have the potential to grow and inspire. The FNB Cape Town 12 ONERUN affirms our dedication to providing an experience that is beyond expectation, through sporting disciplines that advance our commitment to building, enduring and rewarding relationships across communities in which we operate.