Updated: February 19, 2015

Having established herself as South Africa’s fastest rising middle-distance sensation, Dominique Scott is eager to represent her country as her senior career gains momentum. “My dream is to run for South Africa at the Olympics one day, most probably in the 5 000m,” she said this week. “I want to run in the green and gold on the world stage.” After breaking the SA indoor mile record last year, Scott got her 2015 campaign off to a cracking start, knocking another four seconds off the mark last month when she clocked 4:32.48 and smashing Mandie Brandt’s 14-year-old SA 800m mark with a 2:07.53 performance. Last week she produced another breakthrough effort, improving Rene Kalmer’s nine-year-old national indoor 3 000m record with a spectacular time of 8:52.57 to win a collegiate meeting in Washington. After spending three-and-a-half years as a member of the Arkansas Razorbacks track and field squad, she hoped to continue playing a leading role by contributing to their points tally in the latter stages of the indoor season. “I would like to defend my distance medley relay title with my teammates at the NCAA national meet (in Fayetteville next month) as well as win my first individual national title in the 3 000m (after finishing second last year),” she said. She was taking things one step at a time, however, and while her sights were set on the NCAA national championships, and major international events in the years ahead, her immediate attention remained focussed on this weekend’s South Eastern Conference meeting in Lexington, Kentucky. “I will be racing for position rather than time for my university in the mile and 3 000m,” she confirmed. “I plan on racing the 1 600m anchor leg in the distance medley relay on Friday night and the 3 000m on Saturday.”