Athletes rewarded for notching top Olympic marks

2012-05-08 13:06

Eleven athletes were today rewarded for achieving the Olympic A-standard marks during the just ended domestic track and field season.

The group claimed a share in the R200 000 that was put aside by sponsors Yellow Pages for any athlete that achieved the Olympic A-standard in their respective events.

They were sprinters Simon Magakwe, Lebogang Moeng, Thuso Mpuang, Tsholofelo Thipe, Caster Semenya (800m), Khotso Mokoena (long jump), LJ van Zyl, Cornel Fredericks, Wenda Theron (400m hurdles), Willem Coertzen (decathlon) and Stephen Mokoka (10 000).

As he handed out the cheque to the athletes, Athletics SA CEO Frik Vermaak described the recently concluded campaign as “being on the right track”.

Vermaak was referring to some of the highlights that included the record equalling feat of Magakwe in the 100m.

The Athletics Royal Bafokeng runner equalled Johan Rossouw’s 24-year-old mark of 10.06 during the Students Championships three weeks and also clocked six Olympics A-standard times in the 100m and two qualifying times in the 200m.

Semenya also ran her first sub two-minute (1:59.58) time on home soil during the Yellow Pages Series III in Pretoria a fortnight ago.

Coertzen broke the SA decathlon record with 8?244 points during the SA Senior Championships last month.

So far, five track and field athletes have qualified for the Olympics after meeting the Sascoc criteria of achieving the A-standard mark twice.

They are Semenya, Fredericks, Van Zyl, Coertzen and Sunnete Viljoen (javeliin).

» Read City Press on Sunday for more on athletics

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