Hendrick Ramaala To Race Berlin This Weekend

Hendrick Ramaala of South Africa was invited to run the Berlin Marathon this weekend. Photo: Sowetan Live

Hendrick Ramaala of South Africa was invited to run the Berlin Marathon this weekend. Photo: Sowetan Live

The former New York City Marathon champion hasn’t raced in nearly a year.

South Africa’s greatest marathoner, Hendrick Ramaala, has been invited to take part in the Berlin Marathon in Germany on Sunday. Ramaala will be joining the current world-record holder in the marathon, Haile Gebrsselassie in the race. Gebrselassie, an Ethiopian, has won Berlin on four occassions and has set the world record twice on the course.

Ramaala says he is looking forward to meeting and competing against his Ethiopian rival.

“I was pleasantly surprised when the organisers of the Berlin Marathon invited me, saying they want all the big-name marathoners to compete,” Ramaala said. When not training, Ramaala keeps himself busy as a board member of Athletics South Africa.

“For me I will go out there and give it my best shot,” he said. “Gebrselassie has been doing well and we know that he specialises in setting new world records.”

In addition to Gebrselassie and Ramaala, the current female world-record holder in the marathon, Paula Radcliffe, will also be racing Berlin.

For More: Sowetan Live

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