Straight Running with Norrie Williamson : Expecting the unexpected

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Running coach Norrie Williamson.
Running coach Norrie Williamson.

As we head towards the commencement of the 10 days of Olympic Athletics, it’s useful to note that we are currently two medals ahead and two medals down from the tally predicted for South Africa by Associated Press, prior to last Friday’s opening.

Tatjana Schoenmaker has underlined her status as favourite for gold in the 200m breaststroke, not only by winning silver in Tuesday’s 100m distance, but also with her Olympic Record (an African and South African record as well) of 1:04.8 in the heats.

Bianca Buitendag slowly carved her way through the heats to add an unexpected silver medal from the inaugural Surfing Competition, beating the seven-time world champion Stephanie Gilmore in round 3, but losing 14,93 to 8,46 to USA’s Carissa Moore for the gold.

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