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  • Writer's pictureMosibodi Whitehead

27:11 man Langat to return to Absa RYC as Mulaudzi announces readiness for Absa CAPE TOWN 10K

Updated: May 4

Fresh from his triumph in The Friendly City at the Absa RUN YOUR CITY GQEBERHA 10K earlier this month, Kenya's Vincent Langat is set to make a return to the Absa RUN YOUR CITY Series on Sunday, 12 May 2024. This time, he has his sights set on the iconic Absa RUN YOUR CITY CAPE TOWN 10K.

"I have been well. I just went on with training without any problems," said Langat who produced his fastest 10km clocking in the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality in what was his first official race outside Kenya.

After winning the Absa RUN YOUR CITY GQEBERHA 10K in 28:01, Langat will return to SA for the Absa RUN YOUR CITY CAPE TOWN 10K. Photo Credit: Tobias Ginsberg.

But Langat has since improved on the mark he set on 7 April in Gqeberha. This past weekend, the man who claimed a top ten finish in the 10km at the 2024 Kenyan Cross Country trials, took fifth place at the Adizero Road to Records in Germany in a lightening quick 27:11. Armed with this new lifetime best, Langat is high on confidence and optimistic about breaking the 28-minute barrier once again when he lines up in ‘The Mother City’ on Mother’s Day.

"It was very nice to cross the finish line as the first finisher (refering to his performance at the Absa RUN YOUR CITY GQEBERHA 10K). I hoped for a faster time, but the circumstances didn’t allow it. I want to win another race in South Africa! And try to better my PB," confirms Langat.

Muluadzi who won the Absa RUN YOUR CITY DURBAN and TSHWANE 10K races, while finishing second in JOBURG will race his first RYC race of 2024 when he lines up in Cape Town. Photo Credit: Tobias Ginsberg.

When he won in the Eastern Cape, Langat saw off a strong challenge from Precious Mashele who eventually faded into third place as he was passed by a fast-finishing Elroy Gelant. In Cape Town, the East African will face a new opponent in Kabelo Mulaudzi. Although injury forced Mulaudzi out of the first race of the 2024 Absa RUN YOUR CITY Series, he has recovered and is looking forward to the challenge.

"I’ve recovered from the injury and have been training well,” said Mulaudzi. “I’m just focusing on my race because I know it’s not going to be an easy one. I’m racing against the best in the country, the likes of Precious Mashele, Stephen Mokoka and Elroy Gelant. But for now, I’m focusing on my race. If I can get a top five or top three podium position, I would be happy. I’m looking forward to giving my best."

"We're thrilled to welcome Vincent Langat back to the Absa RUN YOUR CITY Series in May," says Michael Meyer, Managing Director of Stillwater Sports and Series Founder. "His return adds an extra level of excitement, highlighting the competitive spirit of the Series. It's fantastic to see South Africa's elite athletes like Kabelo Mulaudzi and Precious Mashele going head-to-head with international athletes of Langat's caliber. We can’t wait to witness this exciting competition."

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