South African Athletics

Conley raring to go for African Champs

2016-06-20 15:42
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Alyssa Conley (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - After wrapping up her latest European mission, double South African sprint champion Alyssa Conley is raring to go at the African Athletics Championships in Durban later this week (June 22 - 26).

Conley, who has qualified for the 100 and 200m at the Rio Olympics, ran a personal best 23.00 seconds for the 200-metre at an European Permit Meeting in Lucerne, Switzerland last week. Now she’s back for the African Championships.

"In Lucerne, mentally I was extremely prepared after four extremely close contests... so I was ready for it.

"But conditions weren’t the greatest, it was extremely cold. Actually I was only entered for 200 but decided to do the 100m B race as well but the weather for the 100m was eight degrees Celsius," she told Road to Rio 2016.

She went on to win that 100m in 11.36 seconds.

"For the 200m it was 13 degrees, so (it was) also very cold and it was also difficult to warm up probably without our own physics and coaches, people who really know our bodies, so yes, it was tough.

"But under the circumstances, I’m real happy with my 200... I wanted to come back home with a sub 23 seconds 200m, but running into a 1.4m/seconds head wind and with the cold conditions I’m happy with 23 flat.

"So I think I’m on the right track for African Champs if all goes well and I stay healthy, God willing.

"I’m still positive I can get my sub-23. I’m very excited and happy with the European season that I had, running personal bests in 100 and 200m was good, especially after being out for so long so I think I’m having a great season so far."

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