Gelant Favourite For Old Mutual Two Oceans Half Marathon
In the absence of Stephen Mokoka, Gladwin Mzazi and Precious Mashele who are on National Duty at the World Half Marathon Championships, and Lusapho April who has just returned from the the New York Half Marathon, Boxers Elroy Gelant is the odds on favourite to win the 2016 Old Mutual Two Oceans Half Marathon on Saturday 26 March.
Gelant earlier this year won the Dischem Half Marathon at a canter and won the Naitonal 10km Title in Sasolburg in February. He and Stephen Mokoka decimated a quality field, but Mokoka had no answer to Gelant’s final sprint.
“I’m in really good shape this year. No injuries and things have fallen into place nicely,” says Gelant. “The Old Mutual Two Oceans Half Marathon was originally not on my radar, but I am in such good shape I felt I needed to be there.”
His biggest challenge is likely to come from compatriot, Mthombisi Baloyi (KPMG), Sibusiso Nzima, David Manja and Joel Mmone, all from Nedbank.
Nzima recently an Olympic Qualfiier for the Marathon of 2:11.43 in Seville, two weeks after finishing 6th at SA 10km Championships.
Joel Mmone cantered to a win at the Old Mutual Om Die Dam Half Marathon on 12 March, and David Manja has just returned from Yanounde, Cameroon where he represented South Africa at the Africa Cross Country Championships. But whilst these are all formidable athletes in their own right, at this point Gelant has the speed and endurance to “run away” with matters on Saturday 26 March.