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Just behind Goodyear Park in Bloemfontein, venue for Saturday's World Cup Super Six match between Zimbabwe and New Zealand, is a street named for Zola Budd.
But one of Bloemfontein's most famous citizens doesn't have much time for the World Cup. ``I'm training for the London Marathon,'' says the two-time world cross-country champion, who now goes by her married name Zola Pieterse.
She gained fame in the early 1980s as a bare-foot, teenage running sensation. Although, she was famous for her entanglement with Mary Decker in the women's 3,000m in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics.
Pieterse, the mother of five-year-old twin daughters, also has full-time mothering to keep her away from the television set.
There is no doubting her loyalties, however. The woman who infamously became a British citizen to compete internationally while South Africa was shunned because of apartheid reclaimed her South African citizenship after an unhappy few years abroad.
``It's tragic that South Africa went out because of the rain,'' she said. ``It seems so unfair.''
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