Cape Town - South
Africa's Olympic stars are again expected to lighten up on Wednesday night, at Kenneth McArthur Athletics Stadium in Potchefstroom.
sprinter Akani Simbine joins fellow star attractions Rio medallists Caster
Semenya and Sunette Viljoen at the third leg of the ASA Speed Series in a meeting that has attracted top athletes from neighbouring countries.
are 100m and 400m races on the programme for men and women, the 200m contests
have attracted the country's top speedsters.
clocked 19.95 over the half-lap distance in Pretoria earlier this month to dip
under 20 seconds for the first time, will take on SA junior record holder
Clarence Munyai, who crossed the line in 20.10* to finish second behind the
Olympic 100m finalist at the same Gauteng North League Meeting.
gold medallist Semenya is the star attraction in the middle-distance events, as
she makes a rare appearance in the women's 3 000m event.
expected to face a tough battle from in-form distance specialist Kesa Molotsane
and road runner Mapaseka Makhanya.
Viljoen is likely to steal the show, with the Olympic javelin throw silver
medallist and African record holder due to open her campaign as she prepares to
go in search of her first global title in London in August.
champion Alyssa Conley will line up in the women's 200m dash, as she gears up
to defend both short-sprint crowns at the ASA Senior Championships, also set to
be held in Potchefstroom next month.
In other events,
national 400m Hurdles record holder LJ van Zyl is up against fellow Olympian Le
Roux Hamman and promising teenager Kefilwe Mogawane, while former African
Championships long jump bronze medallist Lynique Prinsloo will look to make a
statement in her season opener in her specialist discipline.
A number of
foreign athletes will turn out at the Meeting, with World Championships
finalist and former African record holder Isaac Makwala lining up in the men's
Zimbabwe, Swaziland and Mozambique will also be represented in various
disciplines, with Botswana confirming participation of its top athletes.
pre-programme for the penultimate ASA Speed Series 3 Meeting starts at 17:00, and
the two-hour main programme begins at 19:00.
for spectators is R30. Students with cards and scholars in school uniform will
receive free entry.
*SA record subject to standard ratification