Event: Women’s Long Distances Date of birth: 1985/04/09 Personal bests: 800m (2:03.36),...
SA ELITE TARGET PAAVO NURMI GAMES
Six South African athletes will turn out at the Paavo Nurmi Games, a European Permit meeting in Turku, Finland on Thursday night.
In-form sprinter Henricho Bruintjies, who charged to a personal best of 10.06 seconds in Prague earlier this month, will line up in the men’s 100m dash.
Meanwhile, national 110m hurdles champion Antonio Alkana will hope to build on his superb season in his specialist event, after clocking an impressive 13.50 career record in Germiston last month.
Alkana is up against a strong field including former Olympic champion Dayron Robles of Cuba.
Another speedster, Carina Horn, goes in the women’s 100m sprint.
Horn, who shone consistently throughout the European indoor season, will be eager to gain momentum in the outdoor campaign after setting a season’s best of 11.31 in Rabat two weeks ago.
In the men’s 1 500m, World Student Games bronze medallist Jerry Motsau will also look to approach his best form and improve his fastest time this year of 3:39.26, set in Stellenbosch in April.
On the in-field, training partners Khotso Mokoena, the former Olympic silver medallist, and African champion Zarck Visser will both be aiming for a place on the podium in the men’s long jump.