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All roads lead to Durban where the action will be happening at Kingspark Athletics Stadium on Friday 28 May 2021. The purpose of the event is simple, to see more 
South African track athletes qualify for the Olympic Games later this year in Tokyo, Japan.

Amongst these athletes is none other than running superstar, Caster Semenya. Semenya will be gunning straight for an automatic Olympic Games Qualifying mark 
in the 5000m which is her sole purpose for this competition. Middle distance and long-distance track athletes seldom get the opportunity to run high-level 
competitions at sea-level with most of the meetings hosted in-land or at altitude which plays an enormous role on the times ran by the athletes. Sea-level 
competitions give both the sprinters and middle/long distance athletes an equal opportunity to run fast times.

Athletes to look out for who have entered to participate in the one-of-a-kind competition include: Glenrose Xaba who will be running shoulder-to-shoulder with her 
training partner Semenya. Xaba has been in fantastic form this season after being crowned the 10 000m SA Track & Field Champion and SA Half-Marathon 
Champion. In addition to the SA duo, Ethiopian, Zeray BezabhIn will also be in the mix in the 5000m to ensure that the women’s race is superfast.

The Men’s 5000m race the name to look out for is Precious Mashele who is fresh from clinching the SA Half Marathon title to add to his 10 000m national title. 
Mashele will not be alone in a packed field which has the likes of SA 5000m Champion, Mbuleli Mathanga, Ethiopian athlete, Haimanot Mateb Muluneh, Melikhaya 
Frans, “Social Runner” Adam Lipschitz and Maxime Chaumeton who is the designated pacesetter for Mashele. Mashele is looking to run the qualifying time in the 
5000m to book his spot in the Olympic Games squad.

Some of the duels to look out for will be in the 100m where speedsters, Sinesipho Dambile and Ngoni Makusha battling each other whilst chasing the Olympic Q. 
In the 400m teammates who recently ran at the World Athletics Relays, Ranti Dikgale, Ukona Khuzwayo and Oscar Mavunda who have all run under 46 seconds 
this season. They will be looking to cement their positions in the relay squad to compete in Tokyo.  The 800m duel to look out for will be the inform u20 SA Champion,
Renier de Villiers, USSA 800m/1500m Champion, Elvis Mokhonoana and Kabelo Mohlosi who has a rejuvenated for and is looking better with each race. These 
gentlemen amongst most of SA’s top Ten 800m runners will be looking to run 1:45 or faster in this race.

One thing is certain, if conditions allow this Friday, we will be seeing phenomenal performances. You can catch the action as it happens on the BackTrack Sports 
Live Stream from 3pm (15:00).



Written by Themba Madima