South Africa elite praised by ASA- 9 May 2012 00:00:00
South Africa's elite athletes were praised by Athletics SA (ASA) this week following the climax of a relatively successful domestic track and field season.
ASA chief executive Frik Vermaak said: ‘We all remember fondly the big names, times and performances achieved in South Africa long ago.’
‘Looking at the achievements this season we can see we're back on the right track.’
Eleven athletes shared the R200 000 'pot of gold' for reaching the Olympic qualifying standards in their events during the Yellow Pages Series.
Long jumper Khotso Mokoena, javelin thrower Sunette Viljoen, decathlete Willem Coertzen, 400m hurdlers LJ van Zyl and Cornel Fredericks, distance runners Caster Semenya and Stephen Mokoka, and sprinters Simon Magakwe, Thuso Mpuang, Lebogang Moeng and Tsholofelo Thipe all reached their qualifying marks for London 2012 during the season.
However, only five of those athletes - Van Zyl, Fredericks, Coertzen, Semenya and Viljoen - have booked their tickets to London, with the others still requiring one more qualifying standard time again in international competition, in line with the qualifying criteria set out by the SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee.