Athletes on right track

Mcelwa Nchabeleng

Mcelwa Nchabeleng

Athletics SA's track and field coach Wilfred Daniels believes the hard work they are putting in at the High Performance Centre in Pretoria in preparation for the 2012 London Olympics is starting to benefit the athletes.

"We have sent some athletes for an intensive training programme at the HPC and we are happy with their progress," said Daniels yesterday.

"They will be sent to many meetings on the continent and abroad to get enough exposure and experience. They will compete in Abuja, Nigeria, next month. If we can continue to work as hard and remain committed at training we can improve our performance at the Olympics in 2012."

The South Africans fared relatively well at the IAAF Grand Prix meeting in Dakar, Senegal, on Saturday. Wouter le Roux and Samson Ngoepe came second in their events.

A strong wind prevailed throughout the meeting and influenced the performances of athletes.

Ngoepe had a great battle with Kenya's Geoffrey Kipkoech Rono in the 800m and only lost out in the final sprint for the finish line. He posted a time of 1min:49,80sec behind Rono's winning time of 1:49,72.

Le Roux came up against Saudi Arabia's Bandar Yahya Shraheli in the 400m hurdles and finished second in 51,82 compared to Shraheli's winning time of 51,53 secs.

Elsewhere, Norman Dlomo crossed the line in fifth position at the yearly Nagano Marathon in Japan this weekend in a time of 2:15:45.

The race was won by Kenya's Isaac Machiri in 2:11:21.