Team Entsika coach John Hamlett says defending Comrades Marathon up-run champion Bong’musa Mthembu will be difficult to beat. Speaking at the Team Entsika’s launch in Dullstroom in Mpumalanga on Thursday‚ Hamlett‚ who has coached five Comrades Marathon winners since 2001‚ said Mthembu will be hard-pressed to defend his 2017 title because of his recent Two Oceans Marathon win. “He’s a tough athlete and there’s nothing wrong with the man. It would be wonderful for him to win because it would make him into a legend. “However‚ he’s got a problem in reality because the guys feel exactly the way he does. They’re hungry‚” Hamlett said. Team Entsika‚ which replaced the Tom-Tom Athletics team two years ago‚ has the likes of Gordon Lesetedi‚ Gift Kelehe and Siya Mqambeli to call on. Kelehe followed in his brother Andrew’s footsteps by winning the 2015 up-run in a time of 5.38.36, while his brother won the 2001 down-run in 5.25.51. Lesetedi (sixth)‚ down-run record-holder David Gatebe (eighth)...

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