Race to Paris Olymics Reaching Fever Pitch

SA Javelin throw star Jo-Ane van Dyk is among a pool of athletes in qualifying positions for the Olympic Games Paris 2024. With a full marathon runners’ contingent of Gerda Steyn, Cian Oldknow and Irvette van Zyl having cemented their place, Athletics SA James Moloi urges contenders do their best to qualify for the Olympic Games Paris 2024. File Photo: Cecilia van Bers

With less than three months to the Olympic Games Paris 2024, seven women Athletics qualifiers have already secured their places at Paris 2024, and others still have nearly two months to add their names to the list of automatic qualifiers.

With the qualifying window having closed for marathon runners, the full line-up of three women have cemented their spots, with Gerda Steyn (2:24:03), Cian Oldknow (2:25:08) and Irvette van Zyl (2:26:11) all having dipped under the automatic qualifying standard (2:26:50) in the women’s 42.4km event.

Aside from the three marathon runners, the women to have qualified on the track include Zeney Geldenhuys (54.72) and Rogail Joseph (54.84), who both ran under the standard of 54.85 in the 400m hurdles final at the ASA Senior Championships in Pietermaritzburg last month. 

Hurdler Marione Fourie (12.55) has gone well under the required time of 12.77 in the 100m hurdles, and middle-distance runner Prudence Sekgodiso (1:58.05) has achieved the mark of 1:59.30 in the 800m event, with all of these athletes confirmed on Wednesday as being members of its initial Team SA selection.

Women athletes who are currently in qualifying positions for the Games based on rankings are Geldenhuys (400m), Miranda Coetzee (400m), Charne Swart (800m), Miné de Klerk (shot put) and Jo-Ane van Dyk (javelin throw).

“The window has not yet closed! The road to the Olympics is still wide open for any athlete still seeking a seat on the flight.”

President of Athletics South Africa, James Moloi

“We wish every athlete well and trust that in the next few weeks athletes will do everything to substantially improve their rankings as they measure against other athletes around the world. But they must also go for the qualifying times.”

Except for the marathon, athletes who don’t meet the automatic qualifying standards by the time the window closes at the end of June will need to finish high enough up the rankings to qualify on quota in all events.

The athletics competition at the Paris Olympics will be held at the Stade de France between 1-11 August 2024.


Original Copy: Athletics SA, with editing by gsport

Main Photo Caption: SA Javelin throw star Jo-Ane van Dyk is among a pool of athletes in qualifying positions for the Olympic Games Paris 2024. With a full marathon runners’ contingent of Gerda Steyn, Cian Oldknow and Irvette van Zyl having cemented their place, Athletics SA James Moloi urges contenders do their best to qualify for the Olympic Games Paris 2024. File Photo: Cecilia van Bers

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