Up-and-coming international star now training locally

Local running stars, Thato Makgetha, Maria Shai, Kabelo Ngamole, Coolboy Ngamole and Namakoa Nkhasi who excelled in several races over the past weekend.

The Herald reported last week that the former Olympic star, Coolboy Ngamole had started training a group of athletes on the sports field of Hoërskool Carletonville earlier this year. His fame as a trainer has spread to such an extent that an up-and-coming international star, Namakoa Nkhasi, has now joined his squad. He is originally from Lesotho but now stays in Carletonville. He specialises in the 5 000 m and 10 000 m track events and 10 km road run.
Not only did the 25-year-old represent Lesotho at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, he also set a new record for the 10 km distance during the 2016 Cape Town Marathon, among his other achievements.
Nkhasi, who is training with Ngamole to prepare for major international events, finished 13th overall in a field of almost 10 000 contestants in the 10 km event of the FNB race on Sunday. ‘This is an excellent achievement as the first ten positions were taken up by Kenyans, who specially sent their best athletes to compete here,’ Ngamole told the Herald.
In the meantime, other members of the training group also excelled.
Ngamole himself came third in the veterans category during a 21 km race in Limpopo on Saturday and also walked away with the overall 11th position in this event, in which almost 3 000 athletes competed.
This was the first race for Ngamole in several years. He shot to fame during the 2012 London Olympics, among others. He was not the only local runner to hold the town’s name high during the past weekend, however. Several of the up-and-coming stars whom he trains also excelled. Ngamole’s younger brother, Kabelo, finished in the overall 11th place of the 10 km distance run as part of the same event. He completed the event in a time of 33:34. Another local athlete, Thato Makgetha, came 12th in the same distance with a time of 33:59. Ngamole is training another athlete, Maria Shai, who came 12th in the women’s event at the FNB Cape Town 12 ONERUN on Sunday with a time of 42:33.

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