South African Athletics

Caster headlines a star-studded SA Open champs in Potch

2015-05-08 12:35
Caster Semenya. Picture: Lucy Nicholson, Reuters

London 2012 Olympics silver medallists Caster Semenya and Nijel Amos of Botswana are among the elite local and international athletes who will be star attractions at the SA Open Championship this weekend. 

The two-day track and field meeting takes place at the McArthur Stadium in Potchefstroom, North West, starting today until tomorrow. 

Semenya and Amos are training partners based at the North West dorpie and the pair is expected to woo the local crowd in an event they will use as part of their build-up to the IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China, in August. 

The pair forms part of a group of touring African champions and on-form athletes who have confirmed their participation at the Potch meet. 

The star-studded line-up is made up of Nicholas Bett of Kenya (African 400m hurdles bronze medallist); Kurt Couto of Mozambique (2012 Olympics 400m hurdles semifinalist) and Boniface Mucheru of Kenya (African 400m hurdles bronze medallist). 

The meeting is also open to youth athletes who will be chasing entry standard marks for the IAAF World Youth Championships in Cali, Colombia, in July. 

Other senior athletes to watch at the SA Open are national 3000m record holder Elroy Gelant and Antonio Alkana (reigning 110m hurdles SA champion). 

Newly crowned African youth sprints champions Gift Leotlela (200m) and Taylon Bieldt (100m hurdles) will also line up in Potch. 

The duo won three medals each at the just-ended continental youth championships in Mauritius.


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