Mpuang on track for title

BELGRADE - Prominent South African sprinter Thuso Mpuang has arrived in Serbia confident that he will contribute to the success of Team South Africa at the World Student Games.

BELGRADE - Prominent South African sprinter Thuso Mpuang has arrived in Serbia confident that he will contribute to the success of Team South Africa at the World Student Games.

Mpuang, a third-year BComm student at the University of Free State in Bloemfontein, is in Serbia to add the competition's 200m title to his growing collection.

He is one of the two South Africans who have registered for the 200m event. The other is Port Elizabeth resident Leigh Julius, who won gold in the event in 2003 and 2005 in South Korea and Turkey, and silver in Thailand in 2007. The men's 200m heats start tomorrow.

"It's great to be here in Serbia to compete in my first World Student Games, the plan is to announce my arrival with a bang by winning the tournament," Mpuang said.

Asked about his knee injury, which has been troubling him since the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Mpuang said: "I'm fine, looking forward to contributing to the success of my country in this competition. I just hope it won't trouble me anymore.

"It's a great honour to represent my country at the World Student Games, one of the biggest sporting competitions. I will use the competition as part of my preparations for the world championships in Berlin next month. The bigger picture for me is the 2012 London Olympics."

Mpuang had an incredible debut at the 2008 Beijing Olympics where he was eliminated in the quarterfinals.

South Africa's number one qualified for the world championships automatically after winning a gold medal at the African senior track and field championships in Ethiopia. He will be making his debut at the world championships.

l Ramatsiyi Moholoa is in Serbia as a guest of University Sport SA and the SA Sport Confederation and Olympic Committee.

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