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Fine-tuning for Berlin

The cream of our athletes are busy fine-tuning their training ahead of the IAAF World Track and Field Championships in Berlin, Germany later this month.

The team are based in Neubrandenburg, about two hours from Berlin, at a camp organised by the German Foreign Service.

The Neubrandenburg club has been one of the prominent and proud sports clubs for a long time and boasts several top class athletes and Olympic champions in its history. The facilities namely training track, gymnasium and indoor facilities at the team’s disposal are of the highest standard and the group are preparing and focusing on the World Championships.

The team move to the Athletes Village for the World Championships in Berlin on 12 August and team members are also traveling from Neubrandeburg to compete in European meetings and regularly test their progress in warm up meetings.

Elizna Naude, who is aiming to qualify at least for the final in the discus at the World Championships, had a chance to compete in a warm-up meeting against two top up and coming German athletes and responded with a distance of close to 61 metres which proved that her training was going in the right direction.

On Wednesday members competed in a warm-up meeting in Spandau, Berlin which was attended by athletes from several other countries. Ruben Ramolefi set a personal best time in the 1000 metres of 2:22,09 which promises much for his performance in the 3000m steeplechase.

LJ van Zyl, the world’s leading athlete in the 400m hurdles, scorched around the track in the 300 metres to record a personal best time of 32.32sec with Ofentse Mogawane coming home in a personal best of 32.53 sec. Jacob Ramokoka showed an improved form to record his personal best time of 33.46sec followed by Pieter Smith (33.46), Sibusiso Sishi (33.70) and Paul Gorries (34.37).

Team members will on Saturday compete in the annual international meeting at Cottbus while the throwers will compete on Sunday in Berlin.