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Viljoen stakes her place

Red-hot Sunette Viljoen is one of 11 senior athletes who have posted qualifying performances during the ‘window period’ in a bid to stake a strong claim for selection to the national team to compete at the CAA African Championships in Nairobi, Kenya from July 28 to 1 August.

Commonwealth Games javelin champion Viljoen, with a continental best of 66.38 metres in Prague earlier this week, is joined on the qualifiers’ list by Mapaseka Makhanya (2min 03.54sec in the 800m in Oordegem, Belgium), Rene Kalmer (4:10.60 in the 1500 metres in Rabat) and Estie Wittstock (23.87 in the 200m in Baunatal, Germany).

Among the men, world 800m champion Mbulaeni Mulaudzi (1:44.38 in the 800m in New York), plus Ruben Ramolefi (8:18.26 in Rabat) and Edwin Molepo (8:31.21 in Oordegem) both qualified in the 3000m steeplechase.

Other male athletes to make the national selectors’ shortlist for action Kenya are Peter van der Westhuizen (3:37.34 in the 1500m in New York), Ulrich Damon (75.17m in the javelin at Stellenbosch), Cheyne Rahme (5.30m in the pole vault in Potchefstroom) and LJ van Zyl (48.87 in the 400m hurdles in Bydgoszcz, Poland).

Meanwhile, SA’s athletes are also looking to book their places to pull on the SA athletics vest at the IAAF World Junior Track and Field Championships in Moncton, Canada, from July 20-25, with Gideon Trotter (20.87 in the 200m in Potchefstroom), Luvo Manyonga (7.69m in the long jump in Stellenbosch), Rahme (5.30m in the pole vault in Potchefstroom and Werner Pretorius (13.87m in the 110 metres hurdles in Krugersdorp) all having taken a step closer to national team selection.

Other junior athletes are just outside of the qualifying standard include Shaun de Jager (47.60 in the 400m), Rocco van Rooyen (68.00 in the javelin), Wade van Niekerk (21.32 in the 200m), Waise Jooste (10.60 in the 100m and 21.48 in the 200 metres), Jacques de Swart (47.45 in the 400m), Hamman le Roux (52.92 in the 400m hurdles) and Anuschka Nice (2:10.33 in the women’s 800m).

Further domestic ‘window period’ track and field meetings will take place in Stellenbosch on June 18-19 (contact Brandon du Plessis on 076┬á187 7260 or [email protected] ), Germiston on June 20 (contact Maggie Dicks on 082┬á675 1184 or [email protected] ), Potchefstroom on June 25-26 (contact Lappies Swanepoel on 018┬á441 1152 or [email protected]) and Noordheuwel, Gauteng (contact Maggie Dicks on 082┬á675 1184 or [email protected] ).

ASA will announce the national teams for the CAA African Championships and the IAAF World Junior Track and Field Championships by the end of the month.


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