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Ndlovu aims to make an impact for KZNA at ASA 10km Champs

With the Motsepe Foundation's Race to Gender Equality race incorporating with Athletics South Africa( ASA) 10km Championship scheduled for Sunday 10 March 2024 at the Marks Park Sports Club in Johannesburg, one athlete people have to keep an eye on is Siyabonga Ndlovu. While all eyes will be on the strong Central Gauteng Athletics contingent led by man of the moment Kabelo Mulaudzi, the dynamic Ndlovu will be hoping positive turn of the results when lining up in the colours of KwaZulu-Natal Athletics( KZNA).


Last year the 26-year-old obtained a podium placing finishing third when the Championships were hosted in Middleburg in Mpumalanga. Having started the year brightly by winning three 10km races he has participated in, namely the Bhekizizwe Joseph Shabalala Marathon, the Richards Bay Mineral 10km race, and the Dr. Mathew Phosa Marathon 10km event, Ndlovu will feel this incredible early season form will be just what he needs to put in a memorable performance on the big stage.

 


Ndlovu is aiming to break the ice at the 2024 ASA 10km Championships. Photo Credit: Supplied.

"I think I have surprised myself with the way I have started the year. I never expected things to happen as quickly as it has happened. But I credit it to the hard work I invested in training, especially during the off-season," explains the man who hails from Osizweni Township in the KZN town of Newcastle.


"I think so far I'm in very good shape even though I'm yet to run close to my personal best time over 10km distance. The main point though is to deliver good results and worry less about the time so far. Heading to Johannesburg this week, I'm hoping for a positive outcome. All races that I have done there in the past have landed bad results for me and that is a bit worrying. But this time around, I think my form will guide me to end that bad record. I have to forget about the past and focus on the present. I'm intending to put out a good fight on the road," said the man who ran an impressive 29:06 to win the RBM 10km, while he broke 29 minutes when he ran 28:59 for seventh place at the 2022 Hollywoodbets Durban Summer 10k.


Ndlovu celebrates after finishing inside the top ten at the 2022 Hollywoodbets Durban Summer 10km. Photo Credit: Hollywood AC.

Having begun his career as a middle distance athlete on the track who runs in the Black Diamond AC top runner holds an 800m personal best of 1:50.47 which gives him the confidence that he has enough speed to run with the big names. Ndlovu understands the competition that he will face on Sunday and he says it is not something new in his life. His target is focus on his race.


"On race day, I'll face the stiff competition from the athletes especially those based in the Gauteng province like Kabelo Mulaudzi etc. To line up with them makes me to grow and gain valuable experience as they are exceptional athletes. I have faced them in the past and have huge respect for them. But on race day, we all have one mission, to have a good race. So I will focus on myself without having to worry about them. The goal is to deliver for my province. If I can get a podium then would be a great thing for me," he said.

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