The African Championships 800m bronze medallist and Olympic Games 800m semi-finalist, Rynardt Van Rensburg, will line up at next weekend’s 2016 Tembisa Streetmile. The Bloemfontein star will headline a strong field consisting of 2016 South African 4km cross country champion Marko Bucarizza and the sub four-minute miler, Jerry Motsau. However, despite the strong rivalry and only training for four weeks (off-season), he believes he is well capable of winning the race.

“Like at the 2014 EC Classic-Shootout, I will say that nothing is impossible” said Van Rensburg laughingly after being asked whether the Tembisa Streetmile record is on the cards. But records, though, usually comes unexpected or through years of preparation for that specific event, and this case, Rynardt has only been busy with his off-season training for three weeks: “I have been training for two weeks and my shape is probably better than my Randburg Streetmile shape, so let’s see what I can do on October 30th, it will be a great test for me.”. Off-season or not, the Bloemfontein-based Olympian will line-up as a favourite to outrun one of the country’s strongest mile fields at the prestigious Tembisa Streetmile.

“It shows me how big the world is and the different types of people we have across the world” said Van Rensburg when asked about coming to Tembisa township after competing at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. He also added: “I will try my best at the Olympic Games and I will try my best at the Tembisa Streetmile, because all of us are people and for me to compete anywhere in the world is a blessing.” Van Rensburg, who trains in Pretoria frequently, will not have any problem when sharing the starting line with the humble Marko Bucarizza, sub 4minute Potch-Project miler Jerry Motsau, recent University Sports South Africa (USSA) 4km cross country champion Jeromy Andreas, former World Championships bronze medallist Johan Cronje and the fearless 1500m USSA champion Thabang Matiwane. “Marko Bucarizza surprised me this year; 1.6km is closer to their specialist 1500m distance and a lot the guys competed at the SA cross country championships, but I have nothing to lose” said the confident-yet-humble 800m specialist.

“Mr Mathipa puts in ample effort to get us to the race, so I would like to make it worthwhile for him” mentioned the star that appreciates and respects race organizer and commentator Donald Mathipa.

Well, with only three-to-four weeks of preparation, Van Renbsurg is always a force to be reckoned with. His confidence, big match temperament (BMT) and fearlessness alone puts him a ‘head above the rest’. Can the Olympic 800m Semi-finalist outrun the strongest South African 1 mile contingent and 1500m specialists? Anything is possible!

See you at the Moses Molelekwa Arts Centre on 30 October 2016. Remember, the action starts at 8am sharp.