Wesley Botton
Chief sports writer
1 minute read
31 Aug 2013
8:30 am

Kalmer back after injury

Wesley Botton

Rene Kalmer, above, is being cautious as she continues her comeback from injury, and she says she will assess her opposition before making a move in Pretoria today.

FILE PICTURE: Rene Kalmer (Left). Photo by Reg Caldecott/Gallo Images.

Lying in a tie for fifth in the standings, Kalmer is aiming for her first victory of the season when she toes the line in the fourth-leg of the Spar Women’s Challenge 10km series.

“It’s the first time in a long while that I’m running injury free, so I’m looking forward to the race,” Kalmer said.

After an impressive first half in the Boston Marathon in April, the 32-year-old Olympian picked up a calf injury during the race, and while she held on to finish in 2:37.15, she was forced to withdraw from the second leg of the Women’s Challenge the following month.

She made her comeback by finishing fourth in the third leg in Durban in June, but struggled to shake off the injury and opted to make herself unavailable for selection for the women’s marathon at the World Championships.

In her last event, over 10km in Stellenbosch last month, Kalmer coasted to victory by more than three minutes when she clocked 33:36 at the Totalsports Ladies Race. And though she has proved she is near her best form, she says she will be wary of series leader Mapaseka Makhanya and Zimbabwean Rutendo Nyahora when she meets them this morning.