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Another track best in the US for SA’s Scott

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Another race and another career-best for South Africa’s Dominique Scott… the latest coming at last weekend’s Adidas Boost Boston Games in the United States.

She may have just missed the podium in the women’s 1500-metre event but her fourth place saw a milestone as the US-based Capetonian’s time of 4min 07.20sec clipped 0.84sec off her old best mark.

There’s been a fair bit of change in Scott’s athletics after she switched coaches and training location.

‘Yes, a lot has changed for me regarding my training situation and environment over the last two months… there was nothing wrong with my former coach, Lance Harter. I was running well but I felt I needed a change. I felt the need to be surrounded by other professional athletes who are also training to be the best in the world,’ the 25-year-old told Team SA.

Her new coach is Joe Bosshard (coach and husband of 2017’s 3000m steeplechase World champion Emma Coburn), based in Boulder, Colorado. She’ll be joining fellow track aces Aisha Praught-Leer  ( current 3000m steeplechase Commonwealth Games champion) of Jamaica and US athlete Kaela Edwards.

Talking about her fourth place in a race won by Ethiopia’s Dawit Seyaum in 4:04.65, Scott said there’d been a degree of uncertainty as she lined up. ‘After coming down from altitude training for a month, I didn’t quite know what to expect from my legs running back at sea level. I’d been told to go out slower than normal and rather build up as the race progressed.

‘So I went out behind the pack, getting to 800m about a second (maybe two) behind the main pack but when we got to the bell lap I had caught up to the field. On the final lap I was able to overtake two people. I’m definitely happy to run a personal best, even though I’m not quite content as I know I have a lot left in me and I feel I can run quite a bit faster in the 1500m this season.

‘I really enjoyed running the 1500m. It was a great way to get back out on the track, race and get the legs turning. Even though the weather wasn’t perfect, I had fun and gained confidence. I’m in really great shape, and now looking forward to racing the 5km at [the] Pre [Classic] on Saturday.

‘The Adidas Boost Boston Games are such a fun event. The whole Adidas family comes together to kickstart the year and get ready for rest of the season. It was great to run under the lights and in the rain and then on Sunday watch some world-class sprinters racing on the roads.’

For now, Scott will still be based in Fayetteville, Arkansas and then journey to Colorado for different blocks of training throughout the year. ‘I had my first block with the girls and Joe this past month. It was my first altitude training camp and it went surprisingly well. I enjoyed it and feel it’s made me physically and mentally stronger.

‘All my training has been geared around running the 5km at the Pre Classic this weekend, so the Boston Games was a bit of a rustbuster.

‘I’m extremely grateful to be in the position I’m in. I’m getting to do what I love and dreamed about as a child. I have an amazing group of women [the “Boss Ladies”] by my side, a coach who is excited and passionate about what he’s doing, and my family and Cameron [husband] supporting me 100%. I just feel so blessed, and am really excited to see where the season goes and what lies ahead.’


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