Event: Women’s Long Distances Date of birth: 1985/04/09 Personal bests: 800m (2:03.36),...
NEL, GELANT GEARED UP FOR OSTRAVA
Wenda Nel faces a strong field at the Ostrava World Challenge (photo credit: Reg Caldecott)
In-form hurdler Wenda Nel and middle-distance specialist Elroy Gelant will compete at the World Challenge meeting in Ostrava on Tuesday night.
Aiming for consistency in the early stages of the international campaign, after securing victory in a personal best 54.37 seconds in the women’s 400m hurdles race at the Beijing World Challenge last week, Nel said on Monday she was taking her progress one step at a time.
“I am as ready as I can be, but I don’t want to make any bold predictions,” said the 26-year-old High Performance Centre athlete.
“As I said last week, I am taking it one race at a time and my main goal is to improve little by little.
“To be honest, I will be more than happy if I can again run a time faster than 55 seconds because it will show that I am now able to consistently run good times.”
While she boasts the fastest time in the world this year, Nel is up against a strong line-up spearheaded by Czech world champion Zuzana Hejnova, who holds a career record of 52.83.
Gelant, meanwhile, will turn out in his first 5 000m race after recovering from a hamstring injury.
Having set a 1 500m personal best of 3:37.97 at the World Challenge in Hengelo on Sunday, in his first international outing of the season, Gelant toes the line against a large line-up including Ethiopia’s Dejen Gebremeskel, the Olympic silver medallist.
Holding a personal best of 13:15.87, Gelant’s form indicates that Stephen Mokoka’s national record of 13:11.44, set at the national championships in Stellenbosch last month, could be in danger.
The Golden Spike meeting in Ostrava will be broadcast live at 5.50pm on SuperSport 7.