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- Updated: June 27, 2016
By Mark Etheridge
One of South Africa’s up and coming hurdlers is in Scandinavia with his second best time to date… as SA’s Commonwealth hurdles champion also jets into Nordic territory on Monday, looking for a place on the national 2016 Olympics squad.
Leroux Hamman ran a personal best 49.24sec for the 400m hurdles in Pretoria earlier this month.
That was an Olympic qualifier but Commonwealth champion Cornel Fredericks is still chasing the qualifying time of 49.40.
Speaking from Denmark, Hamman told Road to Rio 2016: ‘I raced at the Aarhus Nordi Challenge and came second in a time of 49.60, my second fastest time to date.
‘The guy that won, Juander Santos from Dominican Republic, won in 49.43. It was a lovely track,just on the cool side, but otherwise really good conditions.’
Next up is another race in Turku, Finland on Wednesday. ‘Then I’ve got one more race on 3 July in Belgium and fly home the next day.
Meanwhile Fredericks, who missed the qualifying mark, was sixth in the final in a time of 49.62, still 0.22 adrift of the time.
But he’s not letting him get him down. ‘Durban was tough but I gave it my best. I’m on my way to Sweden now, doing a meeting in Sollentuna.
‘I feel positive going into this race.’There’ve been small improvements in my times over my last three races and that keeps me hungry.’
Other South Africans in action in Denmark were Hendrik Maartens who won the 200m in 21.25, Themba Madima (second in the 800m, 1:50.12) and Jerry Motsau (seventh in the 1500m, with 3:44.23).
Picture of Fredericks by Roger Sedres/ImageSA and of Hamman courtesy of Lone Dybdal