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Charné Bosman ready to defend Comrades title

Bosman, who claimed the down run title, will be looking to better her 2015 up run performance, where she finished second behind Caroline Wöstmann.

South African long distance runner Charne Bosman crosses the line to win the women' race of the Comrades Marathon, 89km from Pietermaritzburg to Durban, on May 29, 2016 in Durban. Bosman won the women' race in 6 hours, 25 minutes and 55 seconds. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG - Reigning women's Comrades Marathon champion Charné Bosman says her goal is to defend her title.

Bosman, who claimed the down run title, will be looking to better her 2015 up run performance, where she finished second behind Caroline Wöstmann.

She says she's put in a lot of work preparing for the race.

“I’m just going to give it my best on Sunday. That is all I can do. I’ve been training very hard from January until before Comrades on Sunday.”

She says she can't concern herself about her competitors.

“I’m not trying to focus on any other athlete. I am just trying to focus on my own race on Sunday.”

Bosman says she'll be pacing herself properly as she did two years ago.

"When I look back at when I came second in 2015, I was in fifth or sixth place going in halfway. In the end, I came second."

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)

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