Baboolal powers to victory in Vitamalt 5k

Shirvan Baboolal began his year with an easy victory in the Vitamalt Carnival 5k run at Mandela Park on Sunday afternoon.

The victory will turn the chapter on what was a tough, and as he calls it, terrible December. The field excluded the likes of Curtis Cox and Kelvin Johnson, though the latter was present after his training session.

Even before the race, Baboolal was outright favourite with the field he ran in, and he didn't disappoint.

Jassette Bromfield stayed within sight of Baboolal for most of the race, but he couldn't catch him. Instead, Baboolal completed the race in a time of 16 minutes with Bromfield, George Smith and Nicholas Romany following him in, in that order.

That's a far cry from his 2017 form when he was completing a 5k in 15:40. Among the women, Samantha Shukla was the first female to cross the line.

Speaking to Guardian Media Sports immediately after the race, Baboolal said, "I came into the race not knowing where I am because it's my first race in a little over two months so I just wanted to keep all my miles under 5:10, and it's just setting a plan before the race and following through, and I'm lucky it worked out well."

Baboolal will now head to El Salvador along with George Smith for the Cross Country Championships.

You can watch his full interview with Guardian Media Sports above.

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