Johannesburg – Monday, 26th March 2012 – The Yellow Pages Series II track and field took place in Potchefstroom on Saturday afternoon in very hot conditions but that did little to deter the athletes on display as four athletes, all sprinters, moved a step closer to representing South Africa at the Olympics later this year.
In the Men’s 200m Final Simon Magakwe crossed the line in 20.38 seconds for victory while dragging two other athletes under the qualifying mark of 20.55. Thuso Mpuang was second in 20.50 while Lebogang Moeng clocked a Personal Best by finishing third in a time of 20.51.
Simon Magakwe had earlier clocked a time of 20.43 in the Semi Final heat to secure the first Olympic A standard qualifying time of the Yellow Pages season and with that became the first athlete eligible for the Pot of Gold, the R200 000 incentive for athletes posting Olympic A standard qualifying performances during the Yellow Pages sponsored-events on the ASA calendar between February and April this year.
Magakwe didn’t have long to wait to be joined in the share of the spoils by his fellow 200m sprinters Mpuang and Moeng who all came in under the required 20.55.
Tsholofelo Thipe was the fourth sprinter to excel on Saturday afternoon as she crossed the finising line in a wonderful 22.89 smashing the Olympic qualifying standard (23.10) in the women’s 200m sprint. In doing so she subsequently became the fourth athlete to lay a claim to the Pot of Gold spoils.
Caster Semenya coasted to victory in the 800m race, finishing in a time of 2:03.60 to miss the Olympic qualifying standard by more than four seconds on Saturday. LJ van Zyl was off the pace in the 400m flat sprint but will look to atone for this showing in Pretoria on Thursday 5th of April in the Yellow Pages Inter-Club.
Former world 800m champion, Mbulaeni Mulaudzi, made his first appearance of the season and produced a solid performance winning the Men’s race in a time of 1:46:41 and only narrowly missing out on the qualifying standard by a mere 0.81 seconds.
“Yellow Pages are delighted to welcome the first four athletes to a share of the Pot of Gold incentive and they have now set the standards to which the other athletes must strive toward,” said Zwelakhe Ndlovu Yellow Pages Sponsorship Manager.
“We were optimistic that Potchefstroom would see the first athlete set the qualifying standard required but are overjoyed that four talented sprinters have begun their journey to London to represent South Africa on the global stage. We have no doubt that more athletes will join the Pot of Gold group in the forthcoming meetings in early April.” he concluded.
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