Boy Soke

South African 10km champion

Boy Soke's hopes of conquering the London 2012 Olympics are well on track. The middle-distance runner from the Free State is the national champion of the 5 000m, 10km and 12km crosscountry races. Experts in running circles say athletes have to start with short distances to prepare themselves to be good marathon runners. South Africa's Hendrick Ramaala, winner of the 2004 New York City marathon and one of the top marathon runners in the world, best illustrates this. He was a short-distance runner before switching to marathon running. Soke has already cracked it as a halfmarathon runner. He came eighth at the last Two Oceans marathon and second in Stellenbosch. He will now shift his focus to the marathon. � Lucky Sindane

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