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Manyonga set to soar
- Updated: February 23, 2012
World long jump finalist Luvo Manyonga will be in action at this weekend’s Yellow Pages interprovincial meeting at Germiston.
The Boland region will be well represented at this, the first of two interprovincial meetings scheduled for the next two weeks. Janice Josephs is also in action, as is youngster Roelf Pienaar.
Manyonga, 2012 world junior long jump champion and Olympic Games hopeful, placed fifth in last year’s IAAF senior championships in Daegu, South Korea with a leap of 8.04 (he jumped 8.21m in the heats).
Manyonga should have things largely his own way with main rival and Olympic silver medallist Khotso Mokoena away on international indoor duty in Europe ahead of the World Indoor Championships in Turkey next month.
Pienaar will be grateful for the experience though, having a best effort of 7.87 at the same Germiston venue last year.
Central Gauteng Athletics’ Zark Visser may however be somebody to contend with as he already jumped 7.93m this season.
In the triple jump Tumelo Thagane should ensure that Central North West gain maximum points. The SA champion jumped 16.97m last season and represented South Africa at the World Championships in Daegu as well as the All Africa Games in Mozambique where he struggled with injury.┬á Charles le Roux (GN) and Jason Sewanyana (WP) will be looking to pounce on any mistakes made by the experienced Thagane.┬á Le Roux finished third at the SA Championships in Durban in April 2011 with a jump of 16.05m.
In the men’s high jump line-up Free State athletes look the ones to beat with junior Brandon Prinsloo and JVA Steytler standing out.
Then in the women’s long jump Josephs would be the one to watch. A relative veteran at 29 years old, Josephs has been working extremely hard in Stellenbosch, has lost weight and looking to get back to the days when she bettered 6.70m.
Western Province’s Samantha Pretorius starts the season as a senior athlete having won the SA junior title in 2011 and the Africa Junior Championships title in Gaborone, also last year.
She cleared 6.44m at the Yellow Pages Junior Championships on this very track in 2011 and will be hoping that competing here again is a good omen for her.
SA women’s triple jump champion Charlene Potgieter will also be in action in Germiston on Saturday for Gauteng North and the chances of maximum points for the team are very likely.
She also jumped a personal best (13.45m) last year at the National Championships. New SA record-holder in the triple jump, Patience Ntshingila, will also compete.
With Anika Smit having retired after the All Africa Games in Maputo last year, the women’s high jump line-up includes Bianca Erwee (CNW) who has cleared 1.9m this season, Julia du Plessis (CGA) with1.75m and Leandri Botha (FS) and Karla Bronn (BOL) who have both cleared 1.7m.