Former international star now helping others

Coolboy Ngamole (right) and Afika Ndlazi (left) with the athletes they are training at the Callies athletics track on Monday.

Although he had already excelled in international events like the All Africa Games in Algeria in 2007 and had been the South African marathon champion in 2010 and 2012, many people took note of Ngamole after he ran in front for a large part of the men’s marathon event during the 2012 London Olympics.
Despite having been quiet for some time, Ngamole (40) told the Herald this week that he is ready for big things again.
‘I have been out of competitions for the past few years because of a knee injury but I have recovered fully,’ he told the Herald on the track at Hoërskool Carletonville on Monday.
Here, Ngamole has joined Afika Ndlazi, a 23-year-old trainer of track and field athletes who has made provincial or even national stars of a number of local youngsters.
‘We only met this year but Coolboy has inspired me. He has so much discipline and I have learnt a lot from him,’ says Ndlazi.
Although Ngamole trains the longer distance athletes while Ndlazi looks after the track and field athletes, they train their athletes together, with Ngamole giving a helping hand where he can. During Monday’s training, for instance, Ngamole helped a youngster, 13-year-old Oratile Maki from Laerskool Danie Theron, who was suffering from an injury.
A big test lies ahead for Ngamole this weekend, however, when he competes in the 21-km race in Limpopo on Saturday. Two of his trainees, his younger brother, Kabelo, and Thato Makgetha will take part in the 10-km distance of the same event.
Maria Shai, another athlete whom Ngamole is training, will tackle the FNB Cape Town 12 Onerun on Sunday.


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