SA SPRINTERS CHASING OLYMPIC QUALIFIER IN FINLAND

 
Updated: June 28, 2016

Speedsters Lebakeng Sesele and Roscoe Engel will make late bids for positions in the national Olympic squad when they turn out in the men’s 100m race at the Paavo Nurmi Games in Turku, Finland on Wednesday night.
Sesele set a personal best of 10.21 at the SA Open Championships in Bloemfontein last month, and Engel showed good form by clocking a season’s best of 10.28 in Rhede, Germany last week.
While SA record holder Akani Simbine (9.96), training partner Henricho Bruintjies (9.97), global 400m champion Wayde van Niekerk (9.98) and World Championships 200m bronze medallist Anaso Jobodwana (10.13) have all dipped under the required standard of 10.16 to be considered for selection, Van Niekerk (400m) and Jobodwana (200m) are expected to focus on other events at the multi-sport Games, leaving the third spot in the team vacant for the short dash ahead of the July 11 qualifying deadline.
Meanwhile, Le Roux Hamman will round out the SA contingent in Turku, eager to continue his build-up to the Olympics in August as he turns out in the men’s 400m hurdles contest.
Hamman, who set a career record of 49.24 in Pretoria a few weeks ago to achieve the required standard of 49.40 for the Games, finished second in 49.60 at the Nordic Challenge in Aarhus, Denmark on Monday.
As the fastest man in the field this year in Turku, he will line up as one of the favourites in the short dash, hoping to snatch a morale-boosting victory.