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Mpuang on the move

Beijing Olympian Thuso Mpuang was a relieved man after running an A-standard qualifying time over 200-metres in Saturday’s Yellow Pages athletics meeting in Potchefstroom, writes Mark Etheridge.

Mpuang followed Simon Magakwe (20.43sec) across the line in 20.50 and Lebogang Moeng was third 0.01sec slower than Mpuang. All three of them were inside the qualifying mark of 20.55sec.

Mpuang, who turned 27 earlier this month, had a frustrating season last with hamstring issues but was still able to fill a place in Team SA’s 4x100m relay side at last year’s IAAF World Championships in Daegu, South Korea.

“The hamstrings are coming along well now, in fact it was my lower back that was causing all the problems,” Mpuang told Road to London 2012 on Monday.

“I was, and still am, ecstatic at running a qualifying time because it eases the pressure of trying to qualify locally. I think I’m only going to do 200m at the nationals but I’m not sure.”

“From now on it’s about fine-tuning for the European season.”

Before Saturday, Mpuang’s personal best had been the 20.53 which he ran in, in Addis Ababa, four years ago.

The other A-grade qualifier at Potchefstroom was Tsholofelo Thipe who ran a huge personal best to win the 200m in 22.89, well inside the qualifying mark of 23.10. That’s the 11th quickest time run by a South African and well overdue for our women’s sprinting.

Runner-up and African Zone VI champion, Justine Palframan, also ran a personal best of 23.22.