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New Matie Palframan on track for 2013 season

By Mark Etheridge

National 400-metre champion in 2012, national 200m champion this year, USSA 200m champion and 400m runner-up, Justine Palframan is a busy girl on many fronts.

Busy on track and off as she adjusts from exiting the tranquil life at home in Eshowe, KwaZulu-Natal to settling down to her studies at Stellenbosch University in Cape Town.

Still competing as an Under-23 athlete, young Palframan is rapidly becoming a woman of the world. Already she’s had the incredible experience of not only one, but two training sessions in Jamaica where she was part of Olympic sprint medallists Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake’s training group.

One of the highlights of her year will be the World Student Games in Kazan, Russia which will follow what is hoped to be a stint on the European track circuit.

What does Palframan make of her switch to the Cape? “I’m studying BSc (sports science) and training with Mo Ally. I enjoy training with him ÔÇô it’s very similar to the training with my dad [Steve]. The only difference is that I’m training in a┬á group which I’m loving.

“This year is mainly about adjusting to being a senior athlete and my new life at university, it’s taken a while but slowly I’ve got there. This year I’ll be concentrating mainly on the 200 and 400m and hoping to run personal bests again this year before the end of the season. Main target will be to qualify for World Students and compete there and to hopefully run in Europe in June and July.”

She’s also run a B-Qualifier in the 200m for the IAAF Senior World Championships in Moscow, Russia later this year.

Veteran coach Ally is happy with Palframan’s adjustment. “It’s been challenging juggling her studies with a tough train routine, a combination that leaves her with very little time to rest or socialise but she remains firmly focused on achieving her short term goals on the track.

“Short term are World University Games qualifiers for both the 200 and 400 and then to look for a personal best during the European season. It’s always difficult to step up a year after dropping one’s 400 PB by 1.01sec (the difference between her SA Youth 400m record and her SA Junior 400m record) but she’s been progressing well.”

When it comes to the long range prediction, Ally has it all sorted for now. “The obvious progression would be to qualify for next year’s Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh, Scotland, the IAAF Senior World Championships ins 2015 and then the Rio Olympics in 2016.

“She’ll continue to run both the 200 and 400m with a view to develop into one of the leading ‘next generation’ world leading sprinters in the long term. I believe she’s capable of running much quicker than her 23.22 and 51.87sec personal best times over time and that gives her a great opportunity to achieve her long-term goals,” concludes Ally.