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Tumelo out to impress

National triple jump champion Tumelo Thagane has recovered from the injury that saw him miss last year’s Commonwealth Games in India and is hoping to soon be on track for the hectic 2011 season.

Thagane, who boasts a best triple jump effort of 17.09 metres, has high hopes of going even further this year, writes Mark Etheridge.

“Because of the injury [an impingement in his left ankle], I started my training a bit late. So preparation for the SA season is going OK but it could have been much better if I had more time to prepare for it.

“But we’ll see as the season goes and hopefully I’ll be ready to jump big distances by April. For now I’m still focused on the training and I’ll do one Yellow Pages meeting, next week in Potchefstroom, to test how the preparations have gone.”

And just what goals has the 26-year-old Potch student set himself this year? “Obviously the World Championships and the World Student Championships. And also to break the SA record of 17.25m [set by Khotso Mokoena in 2005]. Anything else will be a bonus.”