Wesley Botton
Chief sports writer
1 minute read
1 Oct 2014
2:00 pm

Global elite to attend Durban athletics conference

Wesley Botton

Some of the world's best current and former athletes will converge on Durban next month for the inaugural Global Athletics Conference.

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Organisers confirmed at the launch on Wednesday that speakers would include Ato Boldon of Trinidad and Tobago, the 1997 global 200m champion, as well as South African Elana Meyer, a former world record holder in the half-marathon.

While retired British middle-distance runner Kelly Holmes, a double gold medallist at the 2004 Athens Olympics, had withdrawn, she was replaced by American Jackie Joyner-Kersee, the world record holder in the heptathlon.

Kenyan Dennis Kimetto, who broke the marathon world record when he clocked 2:02:57 in Berlin on Sunday, would be in attendance, along with countryman Wilson Kipsang, who previously held the global 42km mark.

“We have realised that to keep up with the top performing Olympic countries we need to expose the athletic community to the latest trends and thinking,” said Sello Mokoena, president of conference hosts KwaZulu-Natal Athletics.

“Therefore we have assembled some of the brightest minds to speak to local administrators and officials. By touching the lives of these individuals we believe we will be creating the next generation of Olympic heroes.”