Probably one of the most versatile and consistent athletes this past decade, 5 time World Cross Country representative Lebogang Phalula makes her comeback
  to the track at tomorrow afternoon’s TomTom 1000m Classic Shootout in Johannesburg. Despite her absence from track running and a shift of focus to road running, she heads to Shootout quite confident after an impressive year where she set new marathon and half marathon pb’s.

Lebogang Phalula is by far one the most versatile and consistent athletes who have excelled on the highest level of the sport for more than TEN years. If she was not crowned national champion on the track you would see her on the podium at road races running barefoot. Her 800m personal best of 2min02sec in the 800m, 33min02sec in the 10km and 2h38min in the marathon showcases not only her versatility, but also a different mental approach to any challenge on her doorstep. She further boasts with a blistering fast 16min02sec 5000m personal best time, a respectable 4min11sec 1500m best and a very quick 1h11min35sec half-marathon (21.1km) best. Talk about mind-blowing!

But let’s talk fitness and possibilities. Does this mean she can run a very fast 1000m? Phalula is well capable of running against, if not beating, the best middle distance runners in South Africa. There you have it, so expect nothing but the best from the this #Pumalula tomorrow…

Mapaseka Makhanya’s 1000m Classic Shootout Record of 2min43sec could be on the cards when Phalula lines up against the in-shape Anuscha Nice, fighters Nicole Louw and Cornelia Youbert and lastly, the much-feared Simonay Weitsz. Weitsz is likely to take them through the phases, but, it’ll be a different story in the last 200m when she has to shake off Lebogang who will be hot-on-her-heels and ready to be crowned 2017 TomTom 1000m Classic Shootout Champion. It won’t an easy battle as all junior athletes want to make their mark and looking at the standard of athletics these days, it’s extremely difficult to say who will win! So take the time out and come witness the action that will blow your mind.