In order to take on the best in the world, you need to be the best in your country and this showpiece event in the domestic calendar will give local athletes another opportunity to post the required qualifying grade. The athletes will be hopeful that the weather conditions prove favourable as the wind could be a vital factor come the weekend.
At the SA Inter-Club in Pretoria last Thursday evening, SA 400m record holder LJ van Zyl became the latest South African to make the grade coming home in the 400m hurdles in a time of 49.42 (under the required Olympic standard of 49.50). Van Zyl ran a 48.80 at the IAAF World Championships in Daegu, South Korea last year and has therefore qualified for the Olympic Games.
LJ van Zyl joins Simon Magakwe, Tsholofelo Thipe, Thuso Mpuang and Lebogang Moeng in laying a claim to the Yellow Pages Pot of Gold incentive of R200 000 that will be shared by athletes who post Olympic A standard qualifying performances during the 2012 Yellow Pages Series sponsored-events.
Port Elizabeth will welcome a stellar cast of local athletes who will be going all out to impress and prove themselves as South Africa’s best in their respective fields. In addition to the athletes who have already excelled this season, big things are expected from Caster Semenya, Mapaseka Makhanya, Mbulaeni Mulaudzi, Ruben Ramolefi, Khotso Mokoena and Sunette Viljoen.
“Yellow Pages has been delighted with the commitment that our athletes have shown through the season
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