A strong Botswana contingent which includes a former World champion and World Championship silver medalist and two relay specialists, head the foreign contingent of the400m Women at the first Liquid Telecom Athletix Grand Prix Meeting at the Ruimsig Stadium on Thursday, 01 March 2018.
A World University Games champion and 400m hurdler lead the South African onslaught in what could be a very explosive race.
Amantle Montsho. She won the world title in 2011 and the silver medal in 2013 in the women’s 400m. Boasting a best time of 49.33sec run in 2013, Montsho has to line up as favorite for the win. She will need to get back to that level though if she wants to dominate having run a Season’s Best of 51.28sec in 2017 in the semi-finals of the World Championships. But with the experience she has, Montsho should feel comfortable that she is the woman to beat.
Goitseone Seleka. She is a relay specialist, having racked up medals in 2012, 2014 and 2015 as part of the Botswana National relay teams at the African Championships twice and the All Africa Games once. Her best performance to date is the gold medal at the All Africa Gold Games in 2015 in the 4x400m Relay to go with the silver and bronze medals won at the African Championships in 2012 and 2014, respectively as part of the Botswana 4x400m relay team.
Christine Botlogetswe. Botlogetswe is 22-years-old and also specializes in the relay. She was part of the Botswana relay team that made the 4x400m finals at the World Championships in London in 2017. She was also part of the team that won Gold at the All Africa Championships in the 4x400m relay in 2015 and Bronze at the Africa Championships in 2014, also in the 4x400m relay.
Justine Palframan. Her best performance to date is the World University title she won in 2015 in the 400m. She was part of the South African gold medal winning team at the 2016 Africa Championships in the 4x400m relay and boasts a best time of 51.27sec which she ran in Gwangju at the World University Games. With a 22.84sec Personal Best in the 200m run in 2017, Palframan should be able to go faster than her 400m best.
Wenda Nel. She is a multiple SA champion in the 400m Hurdles and has a best of 52.03sec. A two time 400m Hurdles African champion and a finalist at the World Championships in 2015 in the 400m Hurdles, Nel is a gutsy runner and her presence in the field will add to the excitement of the race.
Amy Naude. Only 16, she has already run 54.73sec when she won the SA Schools title in Durban on 31 March 2017. Naude set a new schools record over the one lap race and was also the SA U16 Champion in the 400m in 2016, winning the race in 56.45sec. This will be the biggest race of her young career and could well catapult her to another level.
EVENT INFORMATION: Liquid Telecom Athletix Grand Prix Series
Dates and Venues:
|Thursday, 01 March 2018||Ruimsig Stadium, Johannesburg|
|Thursday, 08 March 2018||Tuks Stadium, Tshwane|
|Thursday, 22 March 2018||Dal Josaphat Stadium, Paarl|
Main Pavilion Tickets
|Standard Ticket:||R 100 each|
|Children under 16 years of age:||R 50 each|
Open Stand/Grass Banks
|Standard Ticket:||R 50 each|
|Children under 16 years of age:||R 50 each|
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About Athletics South Africa:
Athletics South Africa (ASA) is the national governing body for the sport of athletics (including track and field, cross country, road running and racewalking) in South Africa, recognised by the IAAF, and also a member of Confederation of African Athletics. The association is based in Johannesburg.