The 94th edition of the Comrades Marathon will be held in KwaZulu-Natal on Sunday.With nearly 25 000 runners taking part in the ‘up’ run, we take a closer glance at the race by numbers.7 – Former winners who are in the elite field this year. They include Bongmusa Mthembu, David Gatebe, Gift Kelehe, Ludwick Mamabolo, Ann Ashworth, Camille Herron and Charne Bosman41 – Refreshment stations on the route, which will be stocked with water, fruit, energy drinks, energy bars, chocolates, biscuits and potatoes.69 – Total number of Russian entrants who had to fight a suspension from Athletics South Africa in court on Friday to be cleared to participate. They won the battle and they will run.70 – Doctors, nurses and interns who will provide medical assistance to runners at the finish.72 – Buses and vans which will collect athletes who miss cut-offs along the route or are unable to reach the finish.509 – Police officers who will swap their uniforms for running kit to participate in the race.982 – Runners from Team Vitality in Central Gauteng, the largest club represented at the race.1 200 – Marshals along the route who will assist traffic officials on the day.3 797 – Foreign runners who will take part.24 430 – Total number of runners who have qualified and registered to participate.082 911 – The Netcare 911 emergency number to be used for all calls for medical assistance for runners.86 830 – The distance of the race in metres.For more sport your way, download The Citizen’s app for iOS and Android.
Juventus are lining up a surprise bid for Chelsea flop Juan Cuadrado should their move for Schalke 04 star Julian Draxler fall through.The reigning Italian double winners have approached the Colombian’s representatives over a switch to Serie A this season while Juve wait on a deal for Draxler.As talkSPORT told you first on Wednesday, the Germany World Cup winner is the subject of a final offer from Massimiliano Allegri’s men but the Bundesliga outfit are determined to retain the playmaker’s services.Failure to land Draxler will see Juve step up their interest in winger Cuadrado – who came off the bench to make a rare appearance for the Blues during the 3-0 defeat at Manchester City last weekend.However, the 27-year-old, who spent most of last season on loan at Fiorentina, is surplus to requirements at Stamford Bridge with the arrival of Barcelona star Pedro imminent.Cuadrado, who cost Jose Mourinho’s men £23.3m earlier this year, is likely to be available for a cut-price fee before the conclusion of the transfer window. Juan Cuadrado 1