Junior athletes seem to be forgotten when it comes to Yellow Pages - does not matter what times they run (some better than top seniors)they just seem to be overlooked. Anyway I think things should be done in a more professional matter, also please keep an eye on our junior athletes - they are our countries future athletes.
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- Updated: February 20, 2010
The field events took centre stage at Friday’s opening event of the Yellow Pages track and field series at Port Elizabeth’s Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University track.
Boland’s Robert Oosthuizen took a giant step towards the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi later this year when he won the men’s javelin.
His throw of 82.96 metres saw him achieve the A qualification standard and he was a happy man.
ÔÇ£I came here expecting to win. But I certainly did not expect victory with such a huge throw. From now on I aim to throw consistently above 82m,ÔÇØ said Oosthuizen.
In the women’s discus, Commonealth champion Elizna Naude came up┬á with an inspiring 60.94 throw to signal her intent to retain her African Championship title in Nairobi, Kenya in July.
ÔÇ£This year I am injury free which is very important. So my main focus is to just throw further and further,ÔÇØ said the excited Naude. Her effort on Friday was a B qualification effort for the Commonwealth Games and she will undoubtedly improve as the season unwinds.
There was also some excitement in the men’s shot put when Tuks athlete Orazio Cremona threw a personal best of 19.29 metres.
Until Friday his best was 19.12. ÔÇ£I have trained well in the pre-season and expected a good throw. Now I have to stay focused as there are so many guys here to keep me on my toes,ÔÇØ Orazio said.
In the men’s 5,000m winner Tshamano Setone clocked a lifetime best of 13:25.51, to Elroy Galant’s 13:25.88 and Stephen Mokoka’s 13:27.22.
ÔÇ£I am glad that each of us stuck to our plan to run a fast race. My aim this year was to run a sub 13:30. Now I have to go back and set new targets,ÔÇØ said Setone.
All three runners were inside the B qualifying Commonwealth standard.
The men’s mile went to Windy Jonas, the Free State athlete clocking 4min 02.88sec to beat Pharson Magagane into second (4:04.65). Dean Brummer, son of SA middle-distance legend Deon, took third in 4:07.50.
It is just very sad for racewalkers that have less than minimum opportunities to participate and get exposure when there are not enough entrants. Although they have entered for instance for the Yellow Pages in DURBAN they cannot participate because no other athletes of their gender have entered. Can this event not be hosted as mixed event as none of the walkers can qualify for any Majot Events as for instance the Common wealth event is a 20km road Race.
Junior, you are right! I don't want to complain, but how do you not complain. I am giving up on these people.
Hi Athletics were good on Friday night, we dont want to start complaining again, but nothing on the ASA website??!! Athletes dont even know if they are invited to the next YP in Durb's!! Please guys, lets start running a professional show here!
Well done Mark Ouma for keeping the World informed about what is happening in South Athletics (competitions).
HUH Can you believe it! nothing on the ASA website about the event, but on this website and on the IAAF website. ASA should get their house in order.....
Now this is good news. At last. Can you please publish results of every event as the IAAF does. COMMUNICATE...