Mapaseka Makhanya and Christine Kalmer are among the middle distance specialists expected to deliver strong racing at the Yellow Pages Interprovincial at Germiston on Saturday.
Central Gauteng’s Makhanya should line up as the favourite in the Women’s 800m. Makhanya is looking for a time of around 2:03 or 2:04, which would earn the province between 1083 and 1100 points.
Makhanya has focused her whole season on qualifying for the Olympic Games, and is unlikely to be troubled by the rest of the field, who average around 2:12.
The 1500m is likely to be a much closer affair, with CGA once again fielding the strongest team. Christine Kalmer, Nolene Conrad and Maxine Heine-Wacker come into the field with an average time of 4:32.
Kalmer’s entry time is 4:31.1, Conrad’s 4:32.2 and Heine-Wacker is 4:33.
It is by no means an open-and-shut race though, as Gauteng North have entered Violet Raseboya who boasts a best of 4:16.12, which she ran in Durban in April in 2011.