A team of 24 South African athletes are competing in the Southern Region Senior Championships in Gaborone, Botswana this weekend.
The championships start on Saturday 30 May and will provide stiff competition to our athletes against the best in the region. This is one of the opportunities for athletes to qualify for the IAAF World Championships in Berlin in August.
Caster Semenya, who leads the world 800m rankings, albeit early in the track and field year, will lead the South African medal challenge in the women’s events. Tsholofelo Thipe in the sprints, Lebo and Lebogang Phalula in the 1500m and Tazmin Brits in the javelin will all be eyeing the gold medals.
Semenya and Thipe were among the South African provisional squad for the 2012 Olympics in London.
Amongst the men Hannes Dreyer and Kagisho Kumbane in the sprints, Ofentse Mogawane (400m) and old warhorse Hezekiel Sepeng (800m, and also in the SA Olympic squad) will use the opportunity to reach the IAAF A qualifying standard.
The team for Gaborone:
Kagisho Kumbane, 100m (AFS); Hannes Dreyer, 100m (AGN); Thabo Mathibedi, 200m (ANWN); Tshegofatso Meshoe, 200m (ANWN); Ofentse Mogawane, 400m and 4x400m Relay (AGN); Sibusiso Sishi, 400m (CGA); Jacob Ramokoka 400m and 4x400m Relay (ACNW); Paul Gorries 400m and 4×400 Relay (EPA); Hezekiel Sepeng, 800m (ACNW); Olebogeng Masire, 5000m (ACNW); Boy Soke, 5000m (AFS); Sibusiso Nzima, 5000m (CGA); Stefan Brits Long Jump (BOLA); Luvo Manyonga Long Jump (ACNW); and LJ Van Zyl, 200m & 400m (AGN).
Nombulelo Mkenku, 100m (AFS); Janet Wienand, 400mH (BOL); Caster Semenya, 800m (AGN); Lebo Phalula, 1500m (CGA); Lebogang Phalula, 1500m (CGA); Tazmin Brits, Javelin (ACNW); Cindy Peters, Triple Jump (CGA); Tsholofelo Thipe 100m and 200m, (ACNW); and Patience Ntshingila, Long Jump and Triple Jump (CGA).