Event: Women’s Long Distances Date of birth: 1985/04/09 Personal bests: 800m (2:03.36),...
SA TRIO SET FOR PARIS DIAMOND LEAGUE
Three South African athletes will turn out at the Diamond League meeting in Paris on Saturday night.
Javelin star Sunette Viljoen, who still holds the world’s best throw of 66.62m this season, faces a near full-strength line-up in the French capital.
She is up against the likes of world record holder Barbora Spotakova of the Czech Republic, world champion Christina Obergfoll of Germany and Commonwealth champion Kim Mickle of Australia.
Meanwhile, Wayde van Niekerk faces the best one-lap sprinter in the world when he meets Olympic champion Kirani James of Grenada in the men’s 400m race.
James, holding a season’s best of 43.95 seconds is the only man in the field to have run faster than Van Niekerk’s national record of 44.24 this year.
In the women’s 400m hurdles, Wenda Nel also faces a quality line-up as she aims to continue her steady improvement on the international circuit.
Four of the other seven women in the race have gone quicker than Nel’s 54.37 personal best, but none of them have dipped under 54 seconds this season, leaving matters wide open in the chase for victory.
Khotso Mokoena was initially included in the provisional start lists, in the men’s long jump event, but he confirmed he had withdrawn in order to focus on training.
Mokoena said he would return to action on the World Challenge circuit next week.
* The Paris Diamond League will be broadcast live at 8pm on Saturday on SuperSport 4