Cape Town - Following a successful
opener of the Athletics Grand Prix Series at Mangaung, the second leg on
Wednesday at the Herman McArthur Athletics Stadium in Potchefstroom will see the proverbial race against time.
The South African 4x400m
men and women's teams are chasing their respective qualifying times as the IAAF
World Relays beckons to Yokohama, Japan for May 11-12, 2019.
Pushing this SA attempt
are neighbours Zimbabwe, Kingdom of Eswatini and Lesotho, all of whom are
focused on the same goal of qualifying for the World Relays.
"Our teams are going all
out to find that qualifier," said James Moloi, the Acting President of Athletics
South Africa and the Chairperson of ASA's Road Running Commission.
to be tough and exciting, but we believe we have the quality of athletes to
meet this challenge.
"The achievements of the
first leg at the weekend, has generated new excitement for the Potchefstroom
leg. This unique competition of a one hour packed programme in an evening
setting, has proved popular with fans over the years following the success of
previous Grand Prix Series."
Other countries which
have entered their athletes to contest the individual categories include Botswana,
Kenya and Mauritius.