GEORGE NEWS - The winner of the Two Oceans Half Marathon, Elroy Gelant, is still on cloud nine. The former learner of Outeniqua High School said winning this race in Cape Town last Saturday was one of his goals for the year.
"I trained for 13 weeks and that helped to calm my nerves," said Gelant. "I was well prepared. There comes a time when you are feeling tired, but then the stars start to flicker and you keep your head on the goal. I am over the moon with my victory, since I competed against a good field of athletes."
Gelant took second place in the Two Oceans Half Marathon in both 2016 and 2017. This year he won gold with a time of 1:03:20. Hard on his heels was Jobo Khatoane (1:03:31) from Lesotho, followed by another South African, Stephen Mokoka (1:03:37). About 16 000 athletes participated in the half marathon (21,1km) last Saturday, while about 13 000 athletes participated in the ultra marathon (56km).
Working full time at the North-West University in Potchefstroom as an HR practitioner, this is where Gelant does most of his training. His proud parents, Yvonne and Steven Gelant, stay in Pacaltsdorp and he visits his home town as often as possible. "I have a school friend, Lloyd Bosman, with whom I train when I am in George," said Gelant.
Gelant's next race will be the FNB Cape Town 12 ONERUN on 19 May. "I am looking forward to that one, since I heard a lot of Kenyan athletes will be participating," said Gelant.
"Another goal I have for this year is breaking the SA record in the 21km. To do this I need to run the distance in less than an hour." Gelant will take part in an event in Copenhagen in September where he hopes to realise his dream.
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