All roads lead to Durban as South African athletes will be looking to qualify for the Olympic Games at the Backtrack Newton Classic competition at Kingspark Athletics Stadium in Durban, on Friday, 28 May 2021.
Amongst these athletes is none other than running superstar, Caster Semenya, who will be gunning for an automatic Olympic Games Qualifying mark in the 5000m, her sole purpose for this competition.
Middle- 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 posted 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.
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).
File Photo Caption: Caster Semenya will be gunning straight for an automatic Olympic Games Qualifying mark in the 5000m at Kingspark Athletics Stadium on Friday, 28 May 2021. Photo: Supplied