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Semenya and Record holders in Bellville

Caster Semenya

Caster Semenya

Not only Caster Semenya, but also the SA Record holders in the women’s 3000m steeplechase and women’s triple jump will be in action at the final Yellow Pages Interprovincial in Bellville on 3 March.

Semenya (AGN) will make her first appearance in domestic athletics this year when she lines up in the 400m with athletes such as Wenda Theron (AGN), African Junior Silver Medalist Justine Palframan (KZN) and Anneri Ebersohn (AGN). Theron crossed the line 54.18sec in the 400m on 25 February while Ebersohn started her season on a high with a personal best (54.70sec) in Germiston. The 800m World Championships silver medallist, Semenya, achieved her 400m personal best of 52.54sec in Germiston (26 March 2011)

Charlene Potgieter recently broke the SA Record in the women’s triple jump in Germiston on 25 February with two jumps measuring 13.61m and will line up again in the Triple Jump in Bellville at 14:00. The only athlete in the lineup with Potgieter who broke the 13m mark is Matsie Dikotla from the University of Johannesburg. Dikotla’s 13.27m jump in Germiston was a new personal best, almost 70cm further than her previous best (12.58m) set on 24 March 2010 in Johannesburg.

The 3000m Steeple chase SA Record Holder Tebogo Masehla (CGA) set her SA Record in Oordegem in June 2011 when she finished the race in 9:54.19. She will make her first appearance at domestic track and field this season.

The men’s 5000m is set to deliver an intense battle will be between Elroy Gelant (CNW) and Stephen Mokoka (AGN). Galant has made no secret of the fact that he is hunting the Olympic qualifier of 13:20 and with Mokoka amongst others in the field, the chances are very good that he will achieve his objective His personal best is 13:25.09 (Uden, 2/07/2011),. Bellville will be Gelant’s first attempt before travelling to the World Indoor Championships in Istanbul from 9-11 March, where he will compete in the 3000m.

Roscoe Engel and Cornel Fredericks will be looking to score crucial points for Western Province as the host Province is only 1189 points behind the 24 564 of Gauteng North. Engel will double up in the 100m and 200m while Fredericks, who represented South Africa at the World Championships in August in South Korea where he finished 5th in the 400m hurdles, will run in the 400m flat with Shane Victor from KZN. Victor was in the 4x400m relay team in Deagu that broke the SA Record and won the silver medal.

The Second Yellow Pages Interprovincial in Bellville gets under way at 13h00 with tickets sold at R20 for adults and R10 for children.

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