Relay team eye world record at Nedbank Champs
South Africa’s 4x100m Paralympic relay team will be looking to beat their own world record when they take centre stage on tonight’s (Tues) second evening of athletics at the Nedbank National Championships for the Physically Disabled, presented by SASAPD at King’s Park Athletics stadium in Durban.
After some blistering sprint action in the 100m on day one, Arnu Fourie and South Africa’s “blade runner” Oscar Pistorius will anchor the relay attempt on what is set to be a perfect evening in Durban.
Last month, competing against able-bodied athletes, the sprint team set a new Paralympic world record time of 42.50 seconds at the Yellow Pages athletics series in Germiston, Johannesburg.
The team, comprising of Laureus award winner Pistorius, Fourie, Zivan Smith and Samkelo Radebe, are all in Durban to compete as individuals and secure their places for the London 2012 Paralympics, but also want to set the meeting alight by bettering their own World mark.
After competing against each other in the 100m on Monday night, both Fourie and Pistorius wore broad smiles when talking about the crack at the world mark.
“The relay should be quite fun. We’ve broken the IPC World Record a few weeks ago and I know the guys have been working on their speed since then,” Pistorius said.
“It should be quite a lot of fun. Relays are always one of those things you enjoy as an athlete. We have a good jol together. Arnu and I have worked on a good changeover sequence together and that’s working quite nicely. In a relay you have to gel as a team, and the four of us are quite close, so we enjoy running together.”
Fourie made it clear the quartet’s eyes were firmly on the record.
“We’re stoked every time we run together because we don’t see each other often. I thought Samkelo ran a great race tonight and together with us we hope we can do a proper job in having a go at that record,” Fourie said.
The Nedbank National Championships for the Physically Disabled, presented by SASAPD, will run until March 28 in Durban.