2017 seems to be the year of Gena Lofstrand after battling with injuries over the past years she seems to be in great shape. The past season her slogan was #comebackstronger well 2017 that slogan is done and guess what? She is back stronger and her previous PB’s are the ones that must pay the cost for the pain that the injury setbacks brought to her life. Her new slogan in 2017 is #strongereveryday and guess what? She is!

Lofstrand might be a soft spoken athlete off the track but on the track her talent and fight speak volumes. She prefers a fast start to the double lap race and when watching her run you can see that she isn’t really concerned about her competitors but more concerned about the clock and that makes her take the aggressive approach of running in front as if asking her competitors to “catch me if you can.” The Durban raised athlete is back home where the heart is training in familiar territory and it seems to have reignited her hunger and passion for not only running but running fast!

2017 has seen Loftstrand smash her 600m PB at the TomTom Classic Shoot-Out at the BestMedTuks Mondo track narrowly missing out on the 600m Classic Shoot-Out record set by Wenda Nel. She has also gone to run her 800m PB in her opening race also on theBestMedTuks Mondo track of 2:04.30(which seems to be her new favourite hunting ground) a week back and has now added a 400m PB of 54.25 a few days later after narrowly losing to Justine Palfarmaan at the ASA Speed Series in front of her home crowd!

It seems there is nothing that can hold Loftstrand back at this moment as she aims to soar in 2017 and is looking at that sub 2:00 time with great intent and it might just take that one special race for her to do that. This is an exciting athlete and someone that you need to follow as the build up to nationals continues to intensify.

Written by Themba Madima