SA’s athletes on show this weekend

2012-08-09 00:00

THE cream of South Africa’s athletes compete in London this week in the Olympic Games.

Willem Coetzee completes the second day of his Decathlon today, while Sunette Viljoen will target the podium and breaking 70 metres with the javelin. Viljoen took one throw to get into the final with her 65,92 metres, the third best of the day.

Caster Semenya commenced her attack on the 800 metres yesterday and the men have their marathon coming up on Sunday at noon, SA time.

Locally, the first sub youth and primary schools league will be held at Kings Park track on Saturday from 7.30 am. This caters for all primary school athletes from seven to 15 years old. The KZNA office has more details at 031 312 9374.

The women will be the focus of the road running today with the Chatsworth 10 km women’s race commencing from the Chatsworth Stadium at 8 am. There are T-shirts and goodie bags for the first 2 500 finishers.

On Saturday, the cross-country league moves to Lahee Park where PDAC will host the last league event prior to the provincial championships in Toti on August 18.

The PDAC league commences at noon and follows the standard programme. Runners should note that the KZN Championships on August 18 is primarily a pre-entry event with entries being taken at this Saturday’s league. The championship programme commences at 9 am and caters for around 1 000 runners. More details on both events from KZNA office at 031 312 9374.

There’s a choice of two events on Sunday with the Mthunzini Bush Run 16 km run/walk, a favourite of many who travel up to the North Coast town for this scenic off-road challenge.

The race starts from the town hall at 7 am and Paul Mannix has the details at 082 571 6559.

The KwaMashu half-marathon and 10 km challenge will also take place on Sunday starting at Princess Magogo Stadium at 7 am. This is a relatively hilly course, but has great community support. Moses Madlala has the details at 082 706 8150.

Runners are reminded that there are limited entries remaining for the Mandela Day Marathon August 26. By Wednesday this week there were only six marathon entries remaining, but there is still room in the 10 km. Both events commence at 6.30 am, with the 10 km starting from Howick Stadium and the 42 km from Imbali at the hall where Madiba gave his last speech as a free man. Both events finish at the site where he was captured 50 years ago on August 5, 1962. There are only 940 entries for each race, this being Madiba’s age multiplied by 10. More details on www.mande Entries can also be taken at any Mr Price store.

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