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SA duo compete in Doha

South Africans Khotso Mokoena and Ruben Ramolefi will be in action at Friday night’s opening Samsung Diamond League track and field meeting in Doha, Qatar as they hunt down an international Olympic A qualifying distance and time.

Mokoena pegged an 8.29-metre win at the final Yellow Pages meeting in Pretoria in April, nine centimetres over the A standard.

Now he needs to do that at an international meeting. He’ll have some good opposition in the form of British record-holder Greg Rutherford who jumped 8.35m in Chula Vista, California a week ago.

Meanwhile national 3000m steeplechase champion Ramolefi will need to run 8min 23.10sec in order to fulfill his side of the qualification bargain. He ran a South Africa record 8:11.50 in the heats at last year’s world championships in Daegu, South Korea.

When he won in Port Elizabeth last month, he won his ninth consecutive national title (clocking 8:24.48).

If these two athletes achieve their mission this weekend, they’ll join LJ van Zyl, Cornel Fredericks (both 400m hurdles), Willem Coertzen (decathlon), Caster Semenya (800m) and Sunette Viljoen (javelin) who have already qualified for the Olympic Games.