Event: Women’s Long Distances Date of birth: 1985/04/09 Personal bests: 800m (2:03.36),...
JOBODWANA TO LEAD SA CONTINGENT IN OSLO
Anaso Jobodwana will spearhead a five-member SA contingent in Oslo on Thursday night, as he aims for his maiden Diamond League victory in the men’s 200m race at the Bislett Games.
Jobodwana has twice broken the SA 200m record this season, clocking 20.04 at the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene less than two weeks ago, where he finished second behind American Justin Gatlin.
Holding the fastest time this year in the line-up in Oslo, his strongest opposition is expected to come from Frenchman Christophe Lemaitre, the eight-time European Championships medallist, and US-born Kenyan Carvin Nkanata, who clocked 20.14 in Clermont in April.
In the men’s long jump, training partners Khotso Mokoena, who has jumped 8.11m this year, and Zarck Visser, who has leaped 8.18m this season, will square off against a strong European contingent led by Olympic champion Greg Rutherford of Great Britain and world champion Aleksandr Menkov of Russia.
Sunette Viljoen, meanwhile, will be one of the favourites in the women’s javelin throw, boasting the best distance in the field (66.62m) this season.
She is up against a full-strength line-up including world record holder Barbora Spotakova of the Czech Republic, former world champion Mariya Abakumova of Russia and current global champion Christina Obergfoll of Germany, who have all thrown over 70m in their careers.
World Championships bronze medallist Johan Cronje goes in the showcase men’s Dream Mile (1.609km), the last event of the meeting.
Cronje, the national record holder, will be eager to improve his season’s best of 3:53.02, which he set at the Prefontaine Classic.
He faces a 12-man field including four athletes who have run under 3:49.00, spearheaded by in-form Ayanleh Souleiman of Djibouti, the world indoor 1 500m champion.
* The meeting will be broadcast live on SuperSport 6 at 8pm