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Nel, Ebersohn to battle it out at SA Open Champs

Wenda Nel (formally Theron) and Annerie Ebersohn will meet each again in the women’s 400m hurdles at the SA Open Championships set to take place on Saturday, 25 May 2013 at McArthur Stadium in Tlokwe (Potchefstroom).

The event should be one of the highlights of the championships as Nel and her training partner go head to head again after the former champion lost her title at the SA Senior Championships. Her foot hooked on the last hurdle, effectively costing her the title. Nel has since competed in Brazil at three events where she regained some form and finished second on all occasions. Her last race on 19 May was a season’s best of 56.09sec. Ebersohn did not compete again after winning at the University Championships in Durban on 28 April.

“I want to see if I can break the 56sec barrier on Saturday. Annerie is in great shape at the moment, but I’d rather want the good time,” said the 24 year-old Nel ahead of the championships.

The talented 17 year-old 800m athlete Gena Lofstrand will line up in the women’s 800m on Saturday. She made a name for herself by not only winning the SA Junior Championships, but at the same time a week later she added the senior title to her name with a season’s best of 2:04.60 after a very gutsy performance. On 18 April she competed at the Mauritius International Meet, finishing second in 2:04.80. Mapaseka Makhanya won this race in 2:03.93.

Other familiar faces to look out for on Saturday include Antonio Alkana in the men’s 100m and 110m hurdles. The SA 110m hurdles Champion ran a personal best time of 14sec in the heats at the SA Senior Championships. Dwayne Boer and Albert Janki will battle it out in the men’s long jump and triple jump respectively while Rynardt van Rensburg will line up in the men’s 800m.

Amongst the women are athletes such as Philippa van der Merwe in the 100m and 200m, Sonja van der Merwe in the women’s 400m, Samantha Pretorius in the women’s 100m and long jump, Elizna Naude in the women’s discus throw, Rorisang Rammonye in the women’s 400m and Julia du Plessis in the women’s high jump to name a few.

Athletes will not compete for their provinces at the championships, but will compete individually for their clubs. A fee of R20 will be payable by all athletes for a race number at the call room. Entries can be sent directly to Central North West Athletics by email acnwpotchefstroom@telkomsa.net or by entering on the day as entries will be accepted at the call room up to an hour before an event.

Spectators are urged to support the athletes on the day as entrance to the stadium will be free. The first event will start at 08:00 with the program concluding at 15:15 with the 10 000m walk.


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