Modern Athlete Magazine Issue 143, July 2021 July 2020 - Page 2


In the Mag this Month

Welcome to the July edition . You can click on the page numbers below to go straight to the article of your choice .


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The Ed ’ s Desk : Public Service Announcement
This month I have vaccines , mountains , sharks and medals on my mind … in between talking about the great stories we have for you in this edition , I also feel duty-bound to urge everybody to get the jab soon as possible . – BY SEAN FALCONER
Have Your Say
Readers with something on their minds that they want to share , including SA most elusive silver medals , Dean Wight does it again , Camille Herron ’ s cool collection , and finding a reason to run .
Kalmer ’ s Corner : Olympic Highlights
With the Tokyo2020ne Olympic Games finally having started , I ’ m looking back with a happy heart and a big smile on my Olympic experiences in Beijing and London . – BY RENÉ KALMER
Runner ’ s High
Each month we publish a great running pic of a great running place , and this month we ’ re in the West Coast National Park , near Langebaan . We ’ re always looking for contributions , so feel free send us your pic !

On the cover

Mountaineer and trail runner Remy Kloos takes in the view over Hout Bay during a training run on Noordhoek Peak . Photograph Courtesy Remi Kloos
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JULY 2021 | ISSUE 143

Olympic Athletics

Golden Memories & SA ’ s Contenders

Carina Bruwer

Swimming to Keep The Music Playing

Remy Kloos

Called by the Mountains , From 13 Peaks to Everest

Ismael Isaacs

Mossel Bay & Back
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Cover Image : Courtesy Remy Kloos
Treasure Hunt : WIN a pair of New Balance 1080s1
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Sport Man Says : Magical Olympic Memories
The biggest sporting extravaganza comes around once every four years and holds hundreds of millions of viewers spellbound , ‘ glued to the box ’ that brings the power , emotion and drama into our living rooms . But while many others will be watching for enjoyment , I will have the privilege of working on my fourth Olympics , once again focused on the track and field and road running events . – BY MANFRED SEIDLER
Let the Games Begin – Finally
We ’ ve had to wait an extra year for the Tokyo Olympics to finally happen , but now that they ’ re here , we ’ ve got so much great action to look forward to on the track and road . Team SA may not look as strong as it did going into the 2016 Rio Olympics , but we still have some great medal contenders , and a number of young prospects raring to make their mark on the global stage . – BY MANFRED SEIDLER
Out of the Box : Tokyo Reality
The World Athletics programme at the Tokyo Olympics begins on Friday 30 July and then moves through 10 days of competition to finish with the men ’ s marathon on Sunday 8 August . Besides the obvious questions about the possible effects of COVID on the athletics , there is also great debate about whether we will see a continuation of the recent trend of multiple World Records being set . – BY NORRIE WILLIAMSON
Running There … And Back Again
These are strange times to be a road runner , and there are some really interesting running challenges being dreamt up , like the recent Cape to Mossel Bay Virtual Challenge . At just under 400km , it was already one of the longest virtual races on the calendar , but when Ismail Isaacs won the event , being the first to ‘ run to Mossel Bay ,’ he did the natural thing and promptly started ‘ running back again ! – BY PJ MOSES
The Running Mann : Running in Big 5 Country
Due to the COVID-19 lockdown , I have not been able to get my usual marathoning and travel fix in for a while , but I do have some great memories of races in years gone by . This month , I ’ d like to go a bit off the beaten track , so to say , and tell you about one of my rare off-road marathons back in 2008 in the Big 5 Marathon , run in the Entabeni Game Reserve in Limpopo Province . – BY STUART MANN
Call of the Mountains
In May , South African mountaineer Remy Kloos was high on the slopes of Mount Everest , seemingly within touching distance of the summit , when she was forced to abandon the climb . Although greatly disappointed , she has simply moved the end date of her ultimate goal , and in the meantime will be using running and hiking to make sure she is ready to tackle the world ’ s highest mountains , whilst at the same time helping to keep at bay the anxiety she has had to cope with since her school days – BY SEAN FALCONER