The 3000m Men’s race sees many of the athletes who raced in the 1500m at the inaugural Liquid Telecom Athletix Grand Prix Series Meeting in Ruimsig last Thursday return to do battle again tomorrow (Thursday, 08 March 2018).
The 1500m was won by the World Junior champion, George Manangoi who will not be in the field.
Joshua Cheptegei will feel a lot more comfortable in the 3000m race than he did in the 1500m in the first leg Meeting last week, where he finished 7th (3:43.15). Cheptegei makes no secret that he prefers the longer races (he boasts a best of 7:34.96 from 1 July 2017 in Paris) and will be a much more difficult prospect at Tuks. This will only be his second 3000m ever run, which makes his time all the more daunting.
Dumisane Hlaselo has dipped under 8 minutes for the 3000m once before, clocking 7:59.31 in 2015 at the ASA National Championships on 15 April. Hlaselo is the South African National 1500m champion from 2017 and will feel that he did not perform at his best after finishing 9th in the 1500m at Ruimsig last week.
Jerry Motsau was 6th at Ruimsig, clocking 3:42.74 in the 1500m. He has already run one 3000m this year, recording an 8:28.10 in Potchefstroom on 30 January. He has a best of 8:02.20 which he ran on 19 March 2013 also in Potchefstroom.
Nkosinathi Sibiya surprised many when he was the first South African home in the 1500m at the first Series Meeting at Ruimsig last week. He finished third, running 3:41.65. Sibiya has run a 5000m (PB 14:49.58 in Mangaung on 7 May 2015) but not yet a 3000m, so this will be new ground for the 24-year-old.
Abel Sikowo, Cheptegei’s training partner, will be very unhappy with his 3:52.00 achieved time last week in the 1500m which resulted in a 13th place. With a best of 8:01.75 in the 3000m this may well be his preferred distance. He clocked that time in Oordegem on 3 June 2017.
Ronald Musagala had to settle for second behind George Manangoi in the 1500m last week. Musagala has never run a 3000m before but has a best of 13:24.41 behind his name which he ran in Nijmegen on 27 May 2015.
Ryan Mphahlele is fast making a name for himself in South Africa over the 1500m. The 20-year-old showed no fear of or respect to the big names in the 1500m Men’s on 01 March, racing close to the front for the entire race. He was narrowly beaten into 4th, crossing the line in 3:41.69 – his third Personal Best in as many weeks in the 1500m. Mphahlele has never run beyond the mile, so this will be new territory for him, but as he is deep in Cross Country training, he will in all likelihood be mixing it up at the front again.
Folavio Sehole boasts a 3000m best of 8:05.64, run on 9 June 2012. The 27-year-old focuses mainly on the 1500m, his best being a 3:39.41 from 2013 (Stellenbosch, 13 April). He was beaten into third at the CGA Championships by Mphahlele and Hlaselo in the 1500m (3:47.34) but brought his time down to 3:44.91 at Roodepoort finish 5th.
EVENT INFORMATION: Liquid Telecom Athletix Grand Prix Series
The Liquid Telecom Athletix Grand Prix is more than just a show, it enables athletes the opportunity to compete against South African and global talent; for them to be nurtured and invested in, so that they have the potential of becoming green and gold medalists.
Dates and Venues:
|Thursday, 08 March 2018||Tuks Stadium, Tshwane|
|Thursday, 22 March 2018||Dal Josaphat Stadium, Paarl|
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