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Cronje and other SA aces in Hengelo athletics action
- Updated: May 24, 2015
By Mark Etheridge
World bronze medallist two years ago, South Africa’s Johan Cronje lines up over the same distance in Sunday’s IAAF World Challenge meeting in Hengelo, Netherlands.
But the national champion is not expecting a whole heap from his outing.
‘I haven’t had any injuries in my build-up but I had some sort of flu bug that had me on my back for about a week now.
‘I feel fine now but we’ll have to see what happens when I get out there. I’ve had a look at the field and I don’t think it’s going to that fast a first race, with a winning time of probably about 3min 33-35sec. If we can run a 3:35 qualifying time it will be nice to get that out of the way.’
There won’t be much time for resting for Cronje who now runs his own financial business in Bloemfontein. ‘On Monday morning it’s back onto the plane and off to Portland and then to Eugene for the Prefontaine meeting next weekend where I’ll run the mile.’
Cronje is one of a handful of South Africans in action. Elroy Gelant is also in a big field of 17 for the 1500m
In the 100m sprint national champion Akani Simbine lines up and his 10.09 season best is the quickest in the field.
And in the 800m Andre Olivier will be one of the favourites to end on the podium.
Latest 110m hurdles hope Antonio Alkana will be finding his feet on the international circuit.
And in the field events Commonwealth bronze medallist Ruswahl Samaai is in the long jump after winning nationals with a personal best 8.38m.
The throwing events see Victor Hogan in the discus and Orazio Cremona in the shot put.