On Sunday during the Berlin Marathon, and during what was just her second ever 42.2km race, the 25-year-old blind runner came within 26 seconds of breaking the world record of 3:13:15, which belong to China’s Jin Zheng.
Coetzee clocked a time of 3:13:41 with the help of her guides Claus Kempen and Godfrey Ramokone.
Speaking to OFM Sport from the German capital, she says she knows that the record is within her reach.
“It was definitely a formidable effort and having both of Kempen and Ramokone here was an absolute blessing.
“They both meant so much to me and they were such a great part of the team from the start. It really was so amazing having them here and to get to experience Berlin and the vibe here was so special.
“The training would not have been possible without Rufus Botha, who is back in Bloemfontein. It was amazing to have all this huge support behind us.
“I will definitely attempt the same effort again in order for me to break that world record.
“I think that it is in my reach and I really want it, so I will definitely do it again.”
Earlier in the year, Coetzee shattered her own T11 5000m world record in Berlin.
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