SA athlete to train with Bolt

2012-01-18 08:59

Cape Town - Justine Palframan, one of South Africa's most promising 400m athletes, is set to train with two world champion sprinters.

According to the Beeld newspaper, Palframan is in Jamaica this week where she will train with Yohan Blake (100m world champion) and Usain Bolt (200m world champion).

"It's an unbelievable experience to train on the same course as Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake," said Palframan.

"You can't help but be amazed when you see these two run flat out from up close."

Palframan has already had a chat with Blake and said he is very polite. "I hope I get the chance to chat a bit with Bolt too," said Palframan.

Jason Dawson is the coach that currently assists her and Bolt's coach, Glen Mills, will help her later this week.

"In the first practice they mainly helped me to use my arms correctly while I'm running.

"I didn't really realise how big a role your arms can play in a sprint. My stride length has already improved."

Her dad, Steven, is her full-time coach and said she will return to South Africa next week.

"It is important for us that Justine learns as much as possible in this short time.

"I told her not to hesitate to ask questions because it's not everyday that you get the chance to train with the world's best.

"She will on Saturday get the chance to compete against some of Jamaica's top women-sprinters in the 400 and maybe the 200," he said.

The 18-year-old, who wrote Matric last year, has made it her main goal to qualify for the Junior World Champ Championships.

In 2009 she finished fourth in the 400-final of the World Youth Championships.

She will mainly participate in the 400m this year.