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14 May 2018

Wings for Life winner, Two Oceans second place finisher and possible Gold Medallist at the 2018 Comrades Marathon Dominika Stelmach sadly had to withdraw from this year’s Comrades Marathon due to injury.
Stelmach, who is part of the Nedbank Running Club’s Green Dream Team, and who has won four Wings for Life World Run races on four different continents, claiming the 2017 overall female winner title, was crowned the South African female champion at the Wings for Life race held last week in Pretoria.
“This was my toughest race yet. The weather was brutal, and it was really hot. I’m really happy to have won another country title and was afforded the opportunity to race in South Africa this year,” said Stelmach after reaching 49.4km before being overtaken by the Catcher Car.
Sadly things did not bid well for Stelmach after this race, having picked up an injury involving a tear to her soleus muscles. “This means about a two week break, and therefore Comrades can be too risky for me this year,” said Stelmach.
Her withdrawal comes as a huge disappointment as she performed brilliantly at the recent Two Oceans Ultra. She was passed by South Africa’s Gerda Steyn with about 9km to go at the top of Constantia Neck, but still managed to finish in 3:41, roughly two minutes behind Steyn, who clinched the race in 3:39.
Stelmach vowed to be back in full force at the 2019 Comrades Marathon.

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