South Africa’s athletic duo, Dominique Scott-Efurd and Wenda Nel, completed their respective runs at the FBK Games in Hengelo, Netherlands on Sunday, 6 June 2021, to ensure their participation at the Tokyo Olympic Games.
Scott ran a Personal Best of 31:19.89 in the 10 000m race to earn qualification for the Olympics. The 28-year-old shaved almost 22 seconds off her previous PB.
Speaking to gsport, Dominique says: “Going into the FBK Games I decided I wanted to give myself a chance to do something special. I made the race plan to get behind the pacer immediately and relax until the pacer stepped off, then I knew I’d need to dig deep to keep the quick pace and finish strong”
Scott went on to share her experience, admitting she was nervous but she didn’t let that change her race plans.
“I knew I was fit and ready for a big personal best, but I was a little nervous about the race day conditions. Race time was set at 15:10pm, much earlier in the day than when 10km’s are normally run. I knew being mid-afternoon it would be warm, humid and breezy but I didn’t let that change my race plans.
“Looking back at the race I’m actually surprised at how good I felt running that pace, about 75sec 400m’s or 3:07 per kilometre. I’m so glad I put myself in the race and gave myself a shot!”
Scott is excited to have qualified to represent South Africa at the Games later in July.
“I’m so proud to have qualified to represent South Africa in two events at this summer’s Tokyo Olympic Games. Every year I’ve been gaining more experience racing on the international circuit and placing higher in my international competitions. I’m excited to see what I can do at this year’s Olympics.”
Nel, who had previously qualified for the Olympics at the ACNW Open Meeting in May, finished third place at the FBK Games, clocking 55.25 seconds in the 400m Hurdles, short of her PB of 55.16.
Photo 1 Caption: Dominique Scott-Efurd ran a Personal Best of 31:19.89 in the 10 000m race at the FBK Games in Hengelo, Netherlands on Sunday, 6 June 2021, to earn qualification for the Olympics in Tokyo. Photo: Global Athletics (Twitter)
Photo 2 Caption: Wenda Nel, who had previously qualified for the Olympics at the ACNW Open Meeting in May, finished third place at the FBK Games. Photo: Wenda Nel (Instagram)