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By Editorial staff

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South Africa is behind you for Olympic Games, Gerda

Gerda Steyn smashes records in marathons, heads to Olympic Games, inspiring hope and pride in South Africa.


Long-distance star runner Gerda Steyn has had a remarkable year.

That the South African golden girl broke the women’s record in the gruelling Comrades marathon on Sunday – after doing the same at the Om Die Dam and Two Oceans marathons earlier this year – is no mean feat.

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And when you thought she would pack her bags for a well-deserved break somewhere in Bali, our Gerda is packing her running gear for Paris, where she’s setting her sights on Olympic glory.

Mind you, the Games start in just six weeks’ time. And while most elite ultra-distance runners wouldn’t race more than two or three times a year, Steyn felt she could handle the quick turnaround in preparation for the standard marathon race at the Olympics.

“It is a challenge that I’ve set myself. I know nobody has ever attempted running Comrades and the Olympics in the same year, but I feel really blessed that I’ve got this opportunity.”

We believe she can and we are firmly behind her as she flies the South African flag even higher.

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Don’t we need such incredible news as our country is at the crossroads, trying to find itself?

Steyn, who holds the national record over the standard 42.2km distance, is one of three women in the South African team for the Olympic marathon.

Gerda, no matter how you fare in Paris, you make us super proud to be a South African.

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