Caster Semenya and Wayde van Niekerk will head a world-class South African field in the final day of the CAA African Senior Athletics Championships in Durban on Sunday afternoon.
Van Niekerk and Semenya will be joined by world class 400m hurdler Wenda Nel, SA 5000m record holder Elroy Gelant, 2015 World student 400m champion Justine Palframan, former world championships 1500m bronze medallist Johan Cronje and the double South African sprint sensation Alyssa Conley.
Youngster Clarence Munyai has also secured a spot in today’s 200m final and he might surprise Africa by securing a podium position! Nolene Conrad, on the other hand, will be looking to qualify for the Rio Olympic Games in the women’s 3000m Steeple-Chase final whilst Chad Herman (Javelin Throw) and Patience Ntshingila (Triple Jump) will be looking to fly the country’s flag high in the field events. And despite a minor injury problem, Dumisani Hlaselo will line up against a very talented 1500m men’s final field.
If Durban’s weather plays along, Wayde van Niekerk could easily clock under 20secods in the final of the men’s 200m; he might even be able to break the men’s 200m national record (Kings Park Stadium has a ‘fast’ track surface). Caster Semenya, however, is also capable of clocking a very fast 1min56sec 800m which would not only secure her the victory in the women’s 800m final, but the world lead and championship record are also stake! Wenda Nel, in retrospect, will look to overcome the championship record in the women’s 400m hurdles whereas Elroy Gelant will look to take advantage of his home-turf when he battles for the 5000m men title. Conley and Palframan looked good in the heats and semi-finals of the women’s 200m, thus making them favourites to stand on the podium later this evening.
An exciting, explosive and world class afternoon of athletics awaits the scenic city of Durban! Team SA all the way.