Seen here: Mosiako crossing the 2017 ABSA Joburg 10K CITYRUN finish line in 29:51.
Photo Credit: Tobias Ginsberg
Thabang Mosiako will make his comeback on the road at the 2018 ABSA Cape Town 12 ONERUN on Sunday, 20 May 2018.
Mosiako had the world at his feet after winning the South African 5000m title in Potchefstroom in April of 2017. The 23-year-old athlete, who trains with amongst others Elroy Gelant and Rantso Mokopane in Springs, was improving dramatically. It was felt that 2017 was the breakthrough year for him to carry into 2018, running personal bests in the 3000m (8:09.09), 5000m (14:03.84), 10 000m (29:00.83) 10km (29:29) and half marathon (63:09).
In 2017 Mosiako made a statement when he won the ABSA Joburg 10K CITYRUN on Sunday, 24 September, beating the race favourite Stephen Mokoka in the process.
Mosiako was selected for the South African National Team to travel to Algeria for the Africa Cross Country Championships when he won the national cross country trials in Bloemfontein in January. Shortly afterwards disaster struck when Mosiako became the victim of a brutal attack on 4 February, leaving the young athlete with head injuries and a fractured right arm. The attack meant Mosiako was in a race against time to get fit for the Africa Cross Country Championships on 17 March. He made the team and finished as the third South African on the 10km course.
Now he has set his sights on returning to the road at the ABSA Cape Town 12 ONERUN on 20 May.
“This will be my first road race for 2018 and I am really looking forward to it. I am not in the same shape as I was in Joburg (ABSA Joburg 10K CITYRUN), but I am getting better all the time. So far I have only done track and cross country, but I have been training for the road. So for me this will be a real tester, especially with the likes of Stephen (Mokoka), David (Manja) and Namakoe (Nkasi) in the race. You know they always keep it honest. Also the internationals will make it interesting. This will be a fast race for sure,” says Masiako.
Mosiako, post his traumatic experience and in addition to the Africa Cross Country result, ran an 8:09.04 for 3000m at altitude (4 seconds off his PB of 8:05.83 he had set at the end of January) and 14:20.48 for 5000m on 19 April in Potchefstroom (13 seconds off his PB). The young talent is clearly on the come-back trail and is known as a prodigious fighter.
David Manja who was the first South African home at the Africa Cross Country Championships on 17 March and the ever dangerous Namakoe Nkasi (winner of the inaugural ABSA Joburg 10K CITYRUN) will also toe the start line on 20 May. Both are in good shape with Manja having raced and won two half marathons already this year (Bedfordview, 14 January – 68:44; a tough course at altitude) and the Two Oceans Half Marathon on 31 March in 64:07. Nkasi has won two 10km races already in 2018, the Township 10km in 29:57 (ahead of Manja) and the Motherwell Freedom Run (28:32) on 7 April. Manja was third in that race (28:41).
EVENT INFORMATION: ABSA Cape Town 12 ONERUN
|Date:||Sunday, 20 May 2018|
|Start Venue:||Woodbridge Island, c/o R27 and Loxton Road, Milnerton (Cape Town)|
|Finish Venue:||Bree Street (Cape Town, CBD)|
|Entry Fee:||Standard Entry: R170 (licensed) / R205 (unlicensed)
Gold Package Entry: R850 (licensed) / R885 (unlicensed)
Charity Support: When entering online, runners can choose to support either or both the ABSA Cape Town ONERUN Charities: Die Burger Kersfonds and The Cape Of Good Hope SPCA.
The ABSA Cape Town 12 ONERUN forms part of the “ABSA Run Your City Series” that includes the ABSA Joburg 10K CITYRUN (taking place on Monday, 24 September 2018 / Heritage Day) and the ABSA Durban 10K CITYSURFRUN (taking place on Sunday, 14 October 2018).
Runners taking part in all three events will be rewarded with an unrivalled event experience, a ABSA Run Your City Series Performance T-shirt and medal on completion of the third race, the ABSA Durban 10K CITYSURFRUN, where a special hospitality area awaits.
CLICK HERE to watch the ABSA Run Your City Series Teaser Video.
About the ABSA Run Your City Series:
ABSA is proud to bring you the ABSA Run Your City Series. The series encompasses three unique mass races namely the ABSA Cape Town 12 ONERUN, ABSA Joburg 10K CITYRUN and the ABSA Durban 10K CITYSURFRUN. The three races are about inclusivity for all as well as encouraging business involvement, family, world class achievement and fun for all participants.
ABSA’s strategy is to engage with our clients and non-clients through healthy lifestyle activities, where we sponsor selected sporting events that allow us relationship building opportunities, ensuring that we enrich the communities and the lives of those around us. Through the runs, we encourage runners to run their city their way. We invite all runners back to the city to experience the rejuvenation, revival and renewed city centres.
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