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Seven SA aces in Diamond League race

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South African athletes will be chasing places in the IAAF Diamond League finals, to be held later this month, when they turn out at the last meeting in the league phase of the series in Birmingham, England on Saturday.

Sprinter Akani Simbine, lying second behind American athlete Ronnie Baker in the overall men’s 100m standings, will book his spot in the series final if he makes it through the heats in Birmingham. He will be joined in the 100m event by African 200m champion Ncincilili Titi.

Wenda Nel is in sixth place in the women’s 400m hurdles ’s standings, national record holder Antonio Alkana is lying 10th in the men’s 110m hurdles rankings and distance runner Dom Scott-Efurd is in 17th position in her specialist discipline.

They will all be looking for solid performances in order to earn crucial points. There are only eight positions available in the finals of their respective events.

While it does not form part of the official Diamond League series, world champion Luvo Manyonga and Zarck Visser will compete in the men’s long jump, to be contested as part of the pre-programme at the top-flight meeting.

Photo: Simbine in golden mood after winning at the Commonwealth Games earlier this year, by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

Diamond League schedule of SA athletes:

2.03pm – Antonio Alkana (110m Hurdles Men Heats)
2.19pm – Luvo Manyonga, Zarck Visser (Long Jump Men)
2.42pm – Akani Simbine, Ncincilili Titi (100m Men Heats)
3.03pm – Wenda Nel (400m Hurdles Women)
3.49pm – Dominique Scott-Efurd (3 000m Women)
4.06pm – Alkana (110m Hurdles Men, final)
4.53pm – Simbine, Titi (100m Men, final)


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