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Du Plessis boosts SA's relay hopes

By unknown | Jul 22, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Mcelwa Nchabeleng

Mcelwa Nchabeleng

Corne du Plessis' experience could work wonders for the South African 4x100 team at the Olympics in Beijing, China, next month.

Du Plessis, who was part of the South African team that won gold in the same event at the IAAF World Championships in Canada in 2001, is part of a six-member relay team for the Olympics. Others are Thuso Mpuang, Kagisho Kumbane, Hannes Dreyer, Sergio Mullins and Leigh Julius.

The South African 4x100m relay team is ranked 13th in the world by the IAAF with an average time of 38,90 seconds.

They set the time at the African Senior Championships in Ethiopia in May where they clinched gold. Their display was good enough to secure a ticket to Beijing.

They clocked 38,75 at the World Championships in Osaka, Japan, last year.

The 4x400m relay team also comprises seasoned campaigners like Louis "LJ" van Zyl and Alwyn Myburg. The team, which is ranked 16th with an average time of 3:04,12, is made up of Ofentse Mogawane, Sibusiso Sishi, Pieter Smith and Ter de Villiers.

They clocked 3:04:12 at the international meeting in Belgium on June 14.

Justine Robbeson, who had a late start to her international campaign due to an injury, has been added to the team to represent the country in javelin. The talented Robbeson is sixth on the world rankings with a best distance of 63,49m this season.

She secured her selection with a good performance at the Thessaloniki international meeting in Greece on July 9 with a distance of 62,95m.

The last bunch of athletes were announced last week and their selection brought to 25 the number of South African athletes for the Olympics.


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