Event: Women’s Long Distances Date of birth: 1985/04/09 Personal bests: 800m (2:03.36),...
BUSY WEEKEND AHEAD FOR SA ATHLETES
South Africa’s international track and field campaign will gain momentum this weekend, with 18 athletes turning out at the World Challenge meetings in Dakar and Hengelo.
Former 800m world champion Caster Semenya is the main drawcard in Senegal on Saturday, lining up in the women’s two-lap race.
Semenya, who set the meeting record of 2:00.61 in 2011, will face the first real challenge of her comeback season after struggling to find her best form last year.
On Sunday, sprint sensation Akani Simbine will open his European campaign in the men’s 100m dash in the Netherlands.
Ruswahl Samaai, who launched an impressive 8.38m personal best at the SA Championships in Stellenbosch last month, will compete in the long jump.
World Championships 1 500m bronze medallist Johan Cronje lines up in his specialist event, alongside compatriot Elroy Gelant, while Andre Olivier turns out in the men’s 800m race.
SA athletes competing at IAAF World Challenge meetings this weekend:
World Challenge Dakar, Senegal (Saturday):
100m: Henricho Bruintjies, Roscoe Engel
200m: Henricho Bruintjies, Emile Erasmus
400m: Shaun de Jager, Ofentse Mogawane
400m hurdles: PC Beneke, Le Roux Hamman
Discus throw: Russell Tucker (Friday night)
800m: Caster Semenya
High jump: Julia du Plessis
Triple jump: Patience Ntshingila
FBK Games, Hengelo, Netherlands (Sunday):
100m: Akani Simbine
800m: Andre Olivier
1 500m: Johan Cronje, Elroy Gelant
Long jump: Ruswahl Samaai
Discus throw: Victor Hogan
Shot put: Orazio Cremona
* No SA athletes are in the start lists for the World Challenge meeting in Ponce, Puerto Rico, on Saturday