Event: Women’s Long Distances Date of birth: 1985/04/09 Personal bests: 800m (2:03.36),...
TIME RUNNING OUT FOR FREDERICKS
Hurdles star Cornel Fredericks is running out of time to challenge for a place in the SA team for the Rio Olympics in August.
Making a comeback this year after spending most of the 2015 season nursing injuries, Fredericks had another crack at the required standard of 49.40 in the 400m hurdles in Sollentuna, Sweden on Tuesday night, less than two weeks before the qualifying deadline.
The Commonwealth Games champion again missed out, however, settling for third place in 49.94, with Filipino speedster Eric Cray securing victory in 49.67 at the European Permit meeting.
With three SA men having already achieved the Olympic standard – LJ van Zyl (48.67), Lindsay Hanekom (49.03) and Le Roux Hamman (49.24) – Fredericks remained locked in a race against time to book a seat on the plane to Rio.
Though he had no other races scheduled, there were 13 days remaining for him to find another opportunity, in an effort to improve his 49.75 season’s best which he recorded at the national championships in Stellenbosch in April.
Meanwhile, middle-distance runner Jerry Motsau, the only other SA athlete competing in Sollentuna, finished ninth in the men’s 1 500m race in a season’s best of 3:42.15, in his second metric mile contest in two days.
Motsau had taken seventh place at the Nordic Challenge meeting in Aarhus, Denmark the night before in 3:44.23.