Wenda Nel (formally Theron) and Annerie Ebersohn will meet each again in the women’s 400-metre hurdles at the SA Open Championships set to take place on Saturday at McArthur Stadium in Tlokwe (Potchefstroom).
The event should be one of the highlights of the championships as Nel and her training partner go head to head again after the former champion lost her title at the SA Senior Championships.┬áHer foot hooked on the last hurdle, effectively costing her the title.
Nel has since competed in Brazil at three events where she regained some form and finished second on all occasions.┬áHer last race on 19 May was a season’s best of 56.09sec.┬á Ebersohn did not compete again after winning at the University Championships in Durban on 28 April.
ÔÇ£I want to see if I can break the 56sec barrier on Saturday.┬á Annerie is in great shape at the moment, but I’d rather want the good time,ÔÇØ said 24-year-old Nel ahead of the championships.
The talented 17-year-old 800m athlete Gena Lofstrand will line up in the women’s 800m on Saturday.┬á She made a name for herself by not only winning the SA Junior Championships, but a week later she added the senior title to her name with a season’s best of 2:04.60 after a very gutsy performance.┬áOn 18 April she competed at the Mauritius International Meet, finishing second in 2:04.80.┬á Mapaseka Makhanya won this race in 2:03.93.
Other familiar faces to look out for on Saturday include Antonio Alkana in the men’s 100m and 110m hurdles.┬á The SA 110m hurdles champion ran a personal best time of 14sec in the heats at the SA Senior Championships.┬áDwayne Boer and Albert Janki will battle it out in the men’s long jump and triple jump respectively while Rynardt van Rensburg will line up in the men’s 800m.
Amongst the women are athletes such as Philippa van der Merwe in the 100m and 200m, Sonja van der Merwe in the women’s 400m, Samantha Pretorius in the women’s 100m and long jump, Elizna Naude in the women’s discus throw, Rorisang Rammonye in the women’s 400m and Julia du Plessis in the women’s high jump to name a few.
Athletes will not compete for their provinces at the championships, but individually for their clubs.
Spectators are urged to support the athletes on the day as entrance to the stadium will be free. The first event starts at 8am with the program concluding at 3.15pm with the 10 000m walk.