Event: Women’s Long Distances Date of birth: 1985/04/09 Personal bests: 800m (2:03.36),...
BRUINTJIES WITHDRAWS FROM WORLD INDOOR CHAMPS
South Africa will have no representatives in individual sprint events in Portland next month, after Henricho Bruintjies was removed from the team on Friday for the World Indoor Championships.
Bruintjies, who shares the national 100m record of 9.97 seconds with Akani Simbine, was included in the 11-member team named last month for the biennial showpiece.
However, Athletics SA president Aleck Skhosana confirmed Bruintjies had requested to be removed from the squad, in order to focus on his preparations for the Rio Olympics in August.
The speedster had struggled during his first season on the global indoor circuit, clocking a best time of 6.62 seconds, which was unlikely to put him in contention for a place in the final in Portland.
“We have accepted his withdrawal,” Skhosana said.
Anaso Jobodwana, who was also included in the original squad, had withdrawn shortly after it was announced as he was unavailable to compete at the championships.
SA team, World Indoor Championships, Portland (March 17-20, 2016):
Antonio Alkana (60m hurdles)
Zarck Visser (long jump)
Ruswahl Samaai (long jump)
Willem Coertzen (heptathlon)
Ofentse Mogawane (4x400m)
Jon Seeliger (4x400m)
Thapelo Phora (4x400m)
Shaun de Jager (4x400m)
Sonwabiso Skhosana (4x400m)