FIREWORKS EXPECTED AT FIRST LIQUID TELECOM ATHLETIX GRAND PRIX MEETING
A star-studded athlete line up graces the first in the Liquid Telecom Athletix Grand Prix Meeting series, held at Ruimsig Stadium on 01 March 2018!
Among the highlights of this first meeting, including the 200m Men, 400m Men, 1500m Men, High Jump, 400m Women and 800m Women, former South African 200m record holder Anaso Jobodwana takes on America’s 2014 World Junior champion in the 200m, Trentavis Friday, as well as World Junior record holder in the 300m Clarence Munyai and Botswana’s national 200m record holder Isaac Makwala.
Launched at the end of 2017, the Liquid Telecom Athletix Grand Prix Series Track & Field Meetings take place in Johannesburg (Thursday, 01 March 2018), Tshwane (Thursday, 08 March 2018) and Paarl (Thursday, 22 March 2018) and boasts an impressive prize incentive of R1 365 000.
Both Jobodwana and Munyai have put in class performances at the AGN Provincial Championships. Munyai lowered his 100m Personal Best from 10.20sec to 10.10sec, while Jobodwana clocked a wind assisted 10.07sec. Both are itching to race each other. Throw in Makwala who ran 19.77sec in Madrid in 2017 and Friday, and you have the makings of a quality 200m race.
Joshua Cheptegei, the World Championships 10 000m silver medalist returns to South Africa to headline the 1500m, but he may find the going hard against a hungry SA contingent including Jerry Motsau, Folavio Sehole, national champion Dumisang Hlaselo and rising star Ryan Mphahlele. Cheptegei’s training partner, Abel Sikowo and country man Ronald Musagala are also in the field.
World Youth champion, Breyton Poole is the star attraction in the High Jump. He cleared 2.24m for the world title in 2017 and in November improved his best to 2.25m. He faces Mpho Links, the 2017 SA University champion who has a best of 2.23m and Chris Moleya, the 2017 South African champion who also boasts a best of 2.25m.
On the women’s front, expect a tight duel in the 800m between the two Ugandan’s Winnie Nanyondo and Halimah Nakaayi who have both gone under 2 minutes. Nanyando holds the edge with her 1:58.63 run in 2014 to Nakaayi’s 1:59.78 she ran in the 2016 Rio Olympics. While there is no Caster Semenya in the 800m, South African supporters will be looking to hard front-running Gena Lofstrand to give the Ugandans a challenge.
The 400m Women promises to be a match-up between Botswana’s Amantle Montsho, Goitseone Seleka and Christine Botlogetswe and South Africa’s Justine Palframan, 400m hurdler, Wenda Nel and exciting youth prospect Amy Naude. Montsho is the 2011 world champion and 2013 World Championship silver medalist and on paper is the favourite to win the one lapper.
The Ruimsig event starts at 18:00 but catch regular updates on SABC 2 YouTube, Facebook and Twitter and the highlights of the event at 22:30 on SABC 2, streamed LIVE on SABC 2 YouTube Channel .