Malusi sets eyes on the Champs Marathon

Yanga Malusi is a long-distance runner from Willowvale in the Eastern Cape. PICTURE: SUPPLIED

Yanga Malusi left many runners in the dust at the Buffalo City Marathon a few weeks ago. This Willowvale native won the 21km race. Malusi is a very driven athlete, so those who know him and follow him are not shocked by the effort he has done. Winning the Buffalo City Marathon is significant because it encourages him, but it was not the most important thing for him. He entered it since the athletic department’s administration advised that it was crucial to participate in the Buffalo City Marathon in order to be able to take part in SA Champs.

“Winning made me happy, even though running the Buffalo City Half Marathon was not in my plans,” Malusi told this newspaper.

“I am focused on the SA Champs at the beginning of next month. But I had to enter the Buffalo City Marathon because it was said that I should sign up if I needed to be a part of the group competing in the SA Champs in Gqeberha. It is good to win because you can see yourself progressing by winning a race like the one I did,” said Malusi, who spoke to this newspaper on his way to Cape Town in the Western Cape.

Malusi has been participating in smaller races in towns like Butterworth for the previous few years, but now he is competing against more accomplished South African runners.

“My participation in important races now shows that I have made progress. I am not your typical runner; I am now invited when race organisers want me. Being that I am one of South Africa’s top runners, I was invited to Cape Town. I ran well in the tournament in Cape Town recently,” said Malusi, who excelled in marathon races held throughout the country.