Relays pits South Africa against four other countries at Athletics Grand Prix, Mangaung


Athletics South Africa has expressed delight at hosting four other countries who will be competing at the Athletics Grand Prix Series which kicks off in Mangaung on Saturday.

The one hour and 30 minutes Track and Field thriller starts at 5.30pm and the programme boasting high level competition, will come to a close at 7.15pm.

With this being a year of the IAAF World Championships (28 Sep – 6 Oct Doha, Qatar), the stakes are high and the battle of athletes to meet their respective qualifying criteria and improve the quality of performance, has commenced.

The first leg in particular, has put the cat amongst the pigeons attracting Botswana, Kenya, Lesotho, Mauritius and Kingdom of Eswatini on the fray.

While these countries will also contest the individual categories, it is the relay part of the series that the countries will show their class and potential to pull down the programme’s curtain at 7.15pm with the battle in the Senior Women 4x100m Relay Final and Senior Men Final 4x100m Relay.

“The Athletics Grand Prix has lived up to its expectations, proving once again that it is a superior class competition,” said Aleck Skhosana, President of ASA.

“We are excited as a country, as a region and as a continent when we interact our athletes coaches at home. There is also the frenzy of sharpening or trying to qualify for the IAAF World Relays (11-12 May) in Yokohama, Japan.

“Once again, we have proven as a country and region that we can continue to attract top athletes and coaches to Southern region.

“We look forward to the full series whose second leg will be at Kenneth McArthur Stadium in Potchefstroom, North West which will now be on Wednesday 17 April, instead of Thursday.”

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Publish date : 2019-04-15 09:43:07

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