LONG distance athlete, Collen Makaza, has set his sights on the 50km World Championships to be held on October 20 in Italy.
Report By Brian Nkiwane
Makaza’s record breaking 2hrs 47minutes in Galway City, Ireland two years ago, saw him winning the race, but failed to defend it last year owing to lack of funds.
“I am in good shape and preparations have been going on well. This time around I am looking forward to setting a new record,” Makaza said.
“I have been taking part in many races in South Africa, so I am raring to go. I am now working on my speed, but otherwise I am ready.”
Makaza’s last preparatory race was on September 2 in South Africa, where he took part in the Gauteng Home of Champions race, in which he came eighth.
“The race was won by a Kenyan in 2hrs 17 minutes, and I came eighth in time of 2hrs 20 minutes. It was a tough race.”
Makaza, who finished third in the Two Oceans marathon this year, will be back in the country to prepare for the same event next year, which he promised to win.
“I will be concluding my calendar of events for this year but I will not stop training as I will be forced to start preparing for the Two Oceans Marathon next year, which I am supposed to win at all costs”
Makaza appeals for assistance
Makaza appealed to the corporate world for assistance.
“Last year I missed the race after failing to raise airfares. I therefore call upon sponsors to assist me get air tickets as other necessities will be provided upon arrival,” added Makaza.
Upon arrival, all the athletes are given 600 euros to use during their stay with food and accommodation for the five days also being provided.