Athletes hope to light up Yellow Pages Series

Mcelwa Nchabeleng

Mcelwa Nchabeleng

The cream of South African athletes will invade Tshwane tomorrow night to compete in the next leg of the Yellow Pages Series, hoping to secure qualifying spots for the IAAF World Championships.

Athletes will be gunning for the IAAF A-standard qualification to secure tickets to Berlin, Germany, where the world event will be staged in August.

This second leg of the series will be held at LC de Villiers Stadium, starting at 5.10pm.

The first leg was held in Potchefstroom last Friday where Beijing Olympics silver medallist Khotso "Crocodile" Mokoena qualified for Germany in the long jump.

Sunette Viljoen also qualified in javelin and she will also be in action tomorrow in her quest to improve on the distance of 62,15m she set in Potchefstroom.

Mokoena also remains the pundits' bet to succeed again in the series tomorrow.

Olympian Louis "LJ" van Zyl will compete in the 400m as he tries hard to build up to a fast time in the 400m hurdles, his specialist event.

The popular athlete finished fifth in the event in the Beijing Olympics in August.

Van Zyl, who competed in the 800m in Potchefstroom, will be up against top Zimbabwean runner Talkmore Nyongani and South Africa's Sibusiso Sishi and Pieter Smith.

The men's sprints will be one of the many highlights of the meeting, with Thuso Mpuang a favourite to win in the 100 and 200. But he is likely to be tested by the equally talented Kagiso Kumbane, Leigh Julius and Snyman Prinsloo.

The women's sprints will be a clash between Isabel le Roux and Tsholofelo Thipe with the evergreen Adri Schoeman posing a threat in the 200.

The Phalula twins, Lebo and Lebogang, will be vying for honours in the 800m in which they will be up against the likes of Limpopo sprinter Caster Semenya and Yvonne Hak of Holland.

Athletics South Africa will stage six legs of the series across the country this year to help athletes prepare for international competitions.

It is also part of ASA's early preparations for the 2012 London Olympics.

"We anticipate fireworks in Tshwane and we urge people to come in large numbers to root for the athletes," Molatelo Malehopo, ASA's acting general manager, pleaded yesterday.