Event: Women’s Long Distances Date of birth: 1985/04/09 Personal bests: 800m (2:03.36),...
GEBREMEDHIN TO RACE IN GAUTENG
Former World Indoor Championships bronze medallist Mekonnen Gebremedhin of Ethiopia and Irish middle-distance runner Ciara Everard will carry the hopes of the international contingent when they face strong domestic fields in the Eagles Club Classic Shootout series.
Gebremedhin, who holds world-class outdoor personal bests over 1 500m (3:31.45) and the mile (3:49.70), was included in the entry lists released this week by the organisers of the annual three-leg campaign in Gauteng.
Everard, a World Student Games 800m bronze medallist, was the standout foreign athlete in the women’s start lists.
The local challenge would be led by another World Student Games two-lap medallist, Rynardt van Rensburg, along with 20-year-old steeplechase specialist Tumisang Monnatlala and World Championships 400m hurdles finalist Wenda Nel.
Juan van Deventer, who reached the 1 500m final at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, was also set to make his return to top-flight competition on the track.
Organisers confirmed the first leg of the series, to be held in Pretoria next week, would include elite 300m and 2 000m races for men, and the second meeting two days later would focus on 600m contests for men and women.
The last leg, to be held in Joburg next month, would host 1 000m races for men and women.
Schedule, Eagles Club Classic Shootout meetings, 2016:
27 January – Pilditch Stadium, Pretoria
29 January – Pilditch Stadium, Pretoria
18 February – UJ Stadium, Johannesburg