Mokoena, Ramolefi chasing Olympic marks in Qatar

2012-05-11 09:18

Long jumper Khotso Mokoena and 3 000 m steeplechaser Ruben Ramolefi will line up in the opening series of the IAAF Diamond in Doha, Qatar tonight in pursuit of their Olympic A-standard marks.

The two are among the seven track and field athletes who have already attained their first qualifying marks and need just one more to satisfy the Athletics SA and Sascoc qualification criteria.

Mokoena, with an SA leading jump of 8.29m – second-placed in the latest world rankings – will come at number seven in the order of the contest tonight.

He will jump immediately after Great Britain’s Greg Rutherford who posted a world leading 8.35m early this month.

Another challenge for Mokoena will come from Senegalese star Kaba Ndiss Badji, the 2011 All Africa Games and a former African champion in triple jump.

Meanwhile, SA record holder Ramolefi has been placed in an equally challenging field that has the current global pace setters Jairus Kipchoge and Conselus Kipruto, who are ranked one and two, respectively.

The pair is part of the 11 Kenyans in the starting list of the 17 entries.

Ramolefi clocked 8:11.50 at the World Championships in South Korea last year and must beat the Olympic A-standard time of 8:23.10 for the second time to be eligible for selection in the Team SA athletics squad.

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