Witness Reporter
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16 Mar 2022
06:48

SA’s track and field stars converge on Bloemfontein

Witness Reporter

Several of South Africa’s track and field stars, as well as a few foreigners, will be in focus on Wednesday when the ASA Grand Prix is staged in Bloemfontein.

Several of South Africa’s track and field stars, as well as a few foreigners, will be in focus on Wednesday when the ASA Grand Prix is staged in Bloemfontein.

The two-hour meeting is the first of five legs in the Grand Prix Series and also marks the official kick-off of the ASA track and field season.

According to ASA, young Namibian sprinters Christine Mboma and Beatrice Masilingi will be among the star attractions at the Mangaung Athletics Stadium, as the event forms part of the World Athletics Continental Tour, as well.

Tight battle in men’s 100m sprint

In the men’s 100m sprint, a tight battle is expected between former national 200m champion Luxolo Adams and Eswatini’s Sibusiso Matsenjwa, a three-time Olympian.

ASA said another hard-fought contest is expected in the women’s 400m hurdles where Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Wenda Nel and former world junior champion Zeney van der Walt will continue their local rivalry. They will also have to hold off an expected determined challenge from Norwegian athlete Line Kloster.

The men’s 110m hurdles will also form another chapter of a long-running domestic rivalry between SA record holder Antonio Alkana and experienced campaigner Ruan de Vries.

In the men’s shot put fireworks are expected as Olympic finalist Kyle Blig-naut lines up as the favourite, but he will have to beat compatriot and fellow Olympian Jason van Rooyen if he is to start his top-flight season on a winning note. The competition will be streamed live on ASA’s website from 4 pm.