Athletics

Palframan up against big guns

2013-08-14 23:00
Justine Palframan (Getty Images)

Johannesburg - South African sprinter Justine Palframan will line up against the world's top sprinters in the 200 metre heats at the IAAF World Championships in Moscow on Thursday.

Palframan will come up against 100 metre world champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce of Jamaica in her heat, and will likely need to run near her personal best of 23.22 seconds if she is to make it into the top three required to progress to the next round.

"I'm ready for it, I'm excited and very nervous," said Palframan.

"But I think I can deal with it and do what I came here to do which is a personal best and if I do that I'll be happy where ever that puts me."

Coming up against one of the big names in Pryce, Palframan said she was relishing the opportunity.

"I'm in heat four lane two and will be up against Shelly-Ann Fraser Price (JAM) in my heat so I'm excited about that."

Realistically, it is a major progression and opportunity for the 19 year old whose preferred event is the 400 metre.

In 2012, Palframan competed at the world junior championships in Barcelona where she set a new SA Junior record of 51.87 for 400m and placed sixth overall.

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