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By unknown | May 16, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Mcelwa Nchabeleng

Mcelwa Nchabeleng

Themba Mngibisa, Megan Goddard and Masabata Mosoane will be among the local athletes that Athletics South Africa (ASA) hopes will win medals at the Southern Region Youth Track and Field Championships in Pretoria tomorrow and on Sunday.

The event, which is staged under the auspices of the Confederation of African Athletics (CAA), takes place at LC de Villiers Athletics Stadium at the University of Pretoria. Proceedings will start at 9am on both days.

Mngibisa is a medal hopeful in the 100m event, Goddard is the favourite in the 400m hurdles and Mosoane is tipped to win the 1500m.

The three athletes are in the 49-member ASA team that was announced by the national body last week.

They will be among 164 athletes from 10 Southern Region countries that have entered the yearly event that plays an important role in identifying and developing talent in the region.

Other countries that will compete with South Africa are Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Mauritius, the Seychelles, Swaziland and Zambia.

ASA will also pin their hopes on the likes of Kelly Kingwill who should excel in the long and triple jump events, while Vuyisile Tshoba has the talent to fare well in the 3000m.

"The importance of this championship cannot be overemphasised as it is a stepping stone towards junior and senior athletics," said Leonard Chuene, CAA and ASA president.


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