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Young hurdles ace Rikenette Steenkamp is heading stateside this week as part of furthering her track and field career.

Mark Etheridge writes that the powerful 18-year-old Pretoria athlete, last year won three national 100-metre hurdles titles and would have been a certainty for the team that did duty at the Junior World championships in Moncton, Canada had she not injured ligaments in her ankle.

Steenkamp leaves South African shores on Saturday and will be away for two weeks. “I’m going to the states for the first time and am really looking forward to it,” she said. While out of the country she’ll run at least one race, in Nassau in the Bahamas.

“Race day is on 5 February and then afterwards we’re going to Louisiana State University where Ill train with other athletes.”

Louisiana is a good choice for Steenkamp because top US hurdler Lolo Jones trains at the same university.

Steenkamp will be accompanied by her parents as well as her coach Waldo van Heerden. “We call ourselves MTC (More Than Conquerors),” said Steenkamp. “This trip will be a learning project for all of us. We can always learn from others and we think it is a great start for a new season.”


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