Magakwe gets another crack at Bolt

2012-05-31 14:29

After he false-started and was subsequently disqualified at the Ostrava Golden Spike meeting in the Czech Republic on Friday, Simon Magakwe will have another crack at Usain Bolt in a star-studded 100m line-up in Italy tonight.

The South African sprinter, with a season’s best 10.06, will race the fastest bunch that include Bolt and his compatriot Asafa Powell as well as European sprinting sensation Christophe Lemaitre of France.

Magakwe – who is still chasing his second Olympic A-standard qualifier – is one of the many South African track and field athletes who will compete in the IAAF Diamond League in Rome tonight.
 
The country will be well represented in the men’s 400m hurdles with LJ van Zyl and Cornel Fredericks the threat to world champion David Greene of Britain.

“Dai”, as Greene is known, outfoxed Van Zyl to the global title in South Korea last year in the race Fredericks finished fifth.

The three will square up again in the field that also has Dominican Republic star Felix Sanchez, who lost out the world champs bronze medal to Van Zyl in Daegu last year.

Another world champs finalist, American Bershawn Jackson, has also been included in the one-lap hurdles final.

In mid-distance, Caster Semenya will go head to head with Kenyan Pamela Jelimo in the 800m.

The pair’s duel comes at the back of the Golden Spike meet where Jelimo beat Semenya.

In the field events, Khotso Mokoena will take another shot at the set 8.20m mark to seal his berth in the SA Olympic team.

He acquired his first qualification with a leap of 8.29m during the domestic track and field season last month.

“Crocodile”, as Mokoena is called by his peers, will compete against Greg Rutherford who has the world leading jump of 8.35m.

Mokoena, the only South African team member who brought home a medal at the Beijing Olympics, is rated second in the current global rankings.

Another chaser of a final A-standard time, Ruben Ramolefi will pit his endurance against world champion Ezekiel Kemboi in the 3?000m steeplechase contest.

In the javelin, the top three finishers at Daegu 2011 – Mariya Abakumova of Russia, Barbora Spotakova of the Czech Republic and South Africa’s Sunette Viljoen – will share the run off in the javelin final.

Also tonight, other South African Olympic hopefuls will compete in the Meeting de Marseille in France.

Sprinter Tsholofelo Thipe will run in the 400m while Thuso Mpuang, Waide Jooste and Hannes Dreyer will race in the sprints.
Johan Cronje and Juan van Deventer will compete in the 1?500m event.

Former SA long jump champion Janice Josephs, Ruan de Vries (110m hurdles), Zarck Visser (long jump) and Ofentse Mogawane (400m) will also be seeking qualifying marks in their events.

»?The Rome Diamond League will be shown live on SS5 from 8pm to 10pm tonight

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