UJ Athletes Dominate

At the recent Gauteng Trials for trackand field ten athletes representing theUniversity of Johannesburg (UJ)competed to secure their place at 2011’sNedbank SASAPD National Champs,six of whom are also on the SASCOCshortlist for selection to the squad thatwill represent South Africa at theJanuary 2011 International ParalympicCommittee (IPC) World Championshipsin Christchurch, New Zealand.

Sprinter, Samkelo Radebe, ran theT45 100m in 10.72 seconds and 200m in22.62 seconds. Samkelo has his sightson the world record: “My competitivegoal is to break the T45 100m worldrecord within the next six months”. Chenelle van Zyl, F35 shotput anddiscus, represented SA at the 2004 and2008 Paralympic Games. She achievedqualifying distances in both events.“I aim to win a medal at the IPCWorld Championships and to keepimproving for a chance to medal at the2012 Paralympic games in London”.

Fellow field athlete, Zandile Nhlapo,qualified in F34 shotput and javelin.Nhlapo holds the SA record in bothevents and will represent UJ at theNational Champs next year.Former tri-athlete, Pieter du Preez,qualified for the T51 5000m, 1500m,400m, 200m and 100m wheelchairevents.

His “dream is to become thefirst quadriplegic athlete to participatein an ironman triathlon.” Andrea Dalle Ave unofficially brokethe U20 100m (T37) world record witha time of 11.6 seconds. Dalle Avecompetes in the 100m, 200m and relay,as well as F37 long jump events, and isa recent addition to the UJ team. Heugene Murray (F42), formerly ofTeam Icexpress, qualified for javelin;Tsakani Mahori (F54) for discus andshotput and Ntabiseng Phala (T/F37)for 100m, 200m, and shotput. KatlehoSera (T/F36) qualified for 100m andLucky Moloi (T/F45-100m) also securedhis place in the provincial squad.

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