Event: Women’s Long Distances Date of birth: 1985/04/09 Personal bests: 800m (2:03.36),...
SA TRIO FACE GLOBAL SPRINT STARS IN JAMAICA
South African sprinters Akani Simbine, Wayde van Niekerk and Justine Palframan will face world-class fields on Saturday, as they turn out at the Racers Grand Prix meeting in Kingston.
Simbine, competing in his second race since returning from a hamstring strain, is up against a quality men’s 100m line-up packed with Jamaican stars including world record holder Usain Bolt, former world champion Yohan Blake, Commonwealth champion Kemar Bailey-Cole and former world record holder Asafa Powell.
Van Niekerk, the world 400m champion, will rely on his explosive speed to outclass another strong field in the men’s 300m race.
He is up against the likes of American LaShawn Merritt, an Olympic gold medallist, and African champion Isaac Makwala of Botswana.
Justine Palframan, who joined her compatriots at a training camp with Bolt in Jamaica this week in the build-up to the Rio Olympics, will compete in the women’s 400m race.
The World Student Games champion meets a line-up spearheaded by former World Championships bronze medallist Novlene Williams-Mills of Jamaica and five-time World Championships relay medallist Natasha Hastings of the United States.
The meeting starts at 6pm on Saturday evening (1am on Sunday morning, SA time).