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Samson’s stronger

Beiing Olympian Samson Ngoepe last night came a step closer to making the national team for August’s track and field World Championships in Berlin, Germany.

Ngoepe, 24, recorded his second fastest time yet when he won the 800 metres event at the Gothenburg Grand Prix in Sweden. He clocked 1min 46.47sec in a race featuring athletes from nine countries.

Last night’s time bettered the B qualifying standard but to join Mbulaeni Muluadzi in the team for Berlin he’ll have to equal or better the A standard of 1:45:40.

Sweden’s Mattias Claeson (1:46.60) was a close second in Gothenburg with Great Britain’s Andrew Baddeley third in 1:48.28.┬á Ngoepe’s performance was a great improvement on his showing at the SA nationals at Stellenbosch in March where he only managed an eighth place..

Runner up at the nationals, Andre Olivier, is currently out of action with an injured ankle.  He narrowly missed the required time at Stellenbosch with a brilliant 1:45.41.

Former Olympic silver medallist, Hezekiel Sepeng, also a serious contender with times of 1:46.38 in March and 1:47.00 recently in Brazil, will travel to Europe later this month in a further attempt to qualify.