The very first Diamond League for the season will kick off with a bang as 10 South African athletes take to the field. Amongst them is discus thrower Victor Hogan who threw a massive new personal best of 67.62m at the National champsa few weeks ago. This throw of him is the best in the field…
The very first Diamond League for the season will kick off with a bang as 10 South African athletes take to the field. Amongst them is discus thrower Victor Hogan who threw a massive new personal best of 67.62m at the National champsa few weeks ago. This throw of him is the best in the field of athletes for this year and only 3 athletes in the field has better life time bests which makes Hogan a medal contender.
Dumisane Hlaselo has been attempting to break the Olympic Qualifying mark with every single race this year and has yet to do it. But now a golden chance lays before him as he faces an incredible field of 8 Kenyan athletes in the 1500m race. Amongst them is 14 time Diamond League winner and World Champs silver medalist Silas Kiplagat, also 19 time Diamond Leagie winner, Olympic champion, 3 times world champion and even former World Cross Country champion Asbel Kiprop who clocked a 3:26.69 last year.
Wenda Nel lines up in the 400m hurdles with the fastest seasons best amongst her competitors. Lining up with her will be 2 time World Champion and once Olympic Champ Zuzana Hejnova as well as former World Junior Champion and ince Commonwealth champion Kaliese Spencer. Sunette Viljoen will be in the Javelin competition. She boasts with the best life time best in the field but not the best seasons best so Viljoen will be the favorite going into this Diamond League.
SA is also sending our 4x400m team to try and run the Olympic Standard. This team includes Pieter Conradie (45.86), Thapelp Phora (45.64), Jon Seeliger (45.85) and Shuan de Jager (45.66). Two of these men clocked those pb’s this year so that Olympic qualifier looks sure to fall.
Antonio Alkana finds himself in the biggest competition and strongest field he has ever been. The field includes world record holder Aries Merrit, 14 time Diamond League winner and former World champion David Oliver as well as 3 time Diamond League winner Orlando Ortega. This is the perfect chance for our humble warrior to be pushed to try and make a move on that South African record
In what will perhaps be the highlight of the evening for South African athletes, an in form Caster Semenya will make her presence felt in the 800m. Semenya is the only athlete in the field to run sub 2min this year. But in this field is Kenya’s top 800m runner Eunice Sum. Sum has won World champs, Commonwealth games, African champs and Continental cup. Sum and Semenya will be the two favorites going into this race.