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The Yellow Pages track and field show hits Potchefstroom on Thursday for the third leg of the series.

Mbulaeni Mulaudzi, Ruben Ramolefi and Khotso Mokoena will be among a host of track and field stars that will be out to improve on their efforts in the first two meetings of the series and also be looking at reaching the qualifying standards for the  Commonwealth Games in India later this year.

Last Friday in Durban, Mulaudzi took the 1,500 metre honours in 3min 43.88sec having run over 550 metres of the race on his own upfront. This time the world indoor 800 metres champion will return to his favourite 800m distance and will be joined by the unlikely figure of Olympic 3000 metres steeplechase finalist Ruben Ramolefi, who will use the outing in Potchefstroom to work on his speed.

Ramolefi ran superbly in windy conditions in Durban last Friday, to win the 3000m steeplechase in 8:25.50.

Mokoena may have had his winning effort of 8.22 metres sidelined by the strong wind, but expect the long jump sensation to be out to delight the crowd in Potchefstroom; the same venue where he qualified for the 2009 World Championship and went on to win a silver medal.

Javelin star Robert Oosthuizen, who posted a Commonwealth Games qualifying performance in the opening leg of the Yellow Pages Series in Port Elizabeth, has joined Elizna Naude on the national selectors’ shortlist . Elizna Naude’s discus effort of 64.49 in Durban has put her in the running for the national team at the Commonwealth Games.

Add in LJ van Zyl, who excelled in Durban with a winning time of 49.49 in the 400 metres hurdles, his first outing for the season, and the stage is set for an evening of top class athletics.

But it’s not all about the goings-on at the stadiums on event night, as Yellow Pages and Athletics SA put that special effort into passing on skills and knowledge to the next generation of athletes during the days leading up to the respective events.

Athletes will conduct motivational talks at Ba Seobi High School, Boitshoko High School, Tlokwe High School, and Seiphemelo High School in Potchefstroom. These school visits forms part of a build-up programme, which also includes  a development clinic to be held on the day prior to the Yellow Pages Series action.

With the Yellow Pages male and female Athlete of the meet, each set to collect R15,000, and their points being accumulated throughout the series and the Yellow Pages Senior Track and Field Championships, the top male and female athletes on the points scoreboard at the end of the season will be smiling all the way to the bank with a cheque worth R10, 000.


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