Event: Women’s Long Distances Date of birth: 1985/04/09 Personal bests: 800m (2:03.36),...
SA RELAY TEAMS RUNNING OUT OF TIME
South Africa could have no relay teams at the Rio Olympics after second-string squads failed in their bid on Tuesday evening to put the nation in contention for places at the Games.
National teams dominated the final leg of the ASA Night Series, winning all eight races that were contested in cold conditions at the relay meeting in Polokwane.
Senior squads struggled to launch Olympic qualifying bids, however, after being depleted by the absence of national stars who were already competing on the international circuit.
The SA men’s 4x100m team clocked 41.55 seconds without the services of elite speedsters Akani Simbine or Henricho Bruintjies, and with world champion Wayde van Niekerk missing from the men’s 4x400m race, the SA quartet produced a solo effort to win in 3:08.93.
With Carina Horn, Alyssa Conley and Tebogo Mamatu all unavailable, a young national squad won the women’s 4x100m race in 47.13, while the 4x400m contest was cancelled due to a shortage of entries.
Other events, including the men’s 4x1500m and junior mixed relay races, were also scratched from the programme.
In order to qualify teams for the Rio Games, national squads must essentially be ranked among the top 16 teams in the world based on aggregate times of their two fastest performances during the window period, which closes on July 11.
As things stand, South Africa does not have a single performance among the top 50 in the global rankings in any senior relay event.
With only one major event on the cards before the deadline, at the African Championships in Durban next month, Athletics SA will need to create other qualifying opportunities if the country is to stand a real chance of being represented in relay races at the Rio Games.
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