Battle of the scholars in Albie Thomas 5000

An interesting paring in the 5000 at the Albie Thomas race is the 2019 World University 5000 Champion Jonas Raess (SUI) and the 10,000 University Champion Milton Kekana (RSA). Raess set a new 5000 PB of 13.37.98 at the Belfast International on the 1 st of August. The 2017 Swiss national champion won the World Universities in Napoli on the 13 th of July winning after a tactical battle in a time of 14.03.10. The 10,000 champion in Napoli was Milton Kekana (RSA) who won in a time of 29.29.43. He has a 5000 PB of 13.54.83 going all the way back to 2017 but having only in recent days ran a 62.13 half marathon in Port Elizabeth he is expected to pulverise that 5000 PB at Morton Games.

Also confirmed for the Albie Thomas race are two top Norwegian athletes, Marius Vedvik a 13.29.46 man who is a multi-times Norwegian champion – in 2018 he was the national 10,000 champion, 2017 national indoor 3000 and 1500 champion, 2016 – 5000 and 10,000 champion and 2014 the national 5000 champion. He will face his training partner, the 2019 Norwegian national 3000 indoor champion Per Svela who has a 13.35.09 PB.