Event: Women’s Long Distances Date of birth: 1985/04/09 Personal bests: 800m (2:03.36),...
FIVE SA ATHLETES AT BIRMINGHAM DIAMOND LEAGUE
South Africa will be well represented at the next leg of the Diamond League series, with five SA athletes turning out in Birmingham, England, on Sunday.
Training partners Zarck Visser and Khotso Mokoena will compete in the men’s long jump event, looking to build on their solid early-season form.
Their strongest opposition is expected to come from British athletes Greg Rutherford, the Olympic champion, and Chris Tomlinson who will be eager to shine on home soil.
Meanwhile, versatile distance runners Stephen Mokoka, who has already broken two SA records this season, and Elroy Gelant, who is hoping to qualify for the World Championships, will line up in the men’s 5 000m race.
The duo will be up against a 17-man field spearheaded by in-form World Championships silver medallist Hagos Gebrhiwet of Ethiopia.
Over the rarely run 300m distance, one-lap specialist Wayde van Niekerk will line up as one of the favourites in the absence of Grenadian star Kirani James.
He faces a strong field including five-time World Indoor Championships medallist Chris Brown of the Bahamas and European champion Martyn Rooney of Great Britain.
The meeting will be broadcast live from 4pm on SuperSport 7.