Nolene Conrad and Tsholofelo Thipe are competing in the Meeting International de Montreuil in France today with Thipe a single qualifier away from securing a place on the SA team for the Olympic Games.

Thipe will compete in the women’s 400m, an event where she clocked 51.47sec for her first Olympic qualifier at the SA Open Championships on 4 May. Her only other attempt at the 400m was in Marseille on 31 May, where the 25-year-old just missed out on the A-standard by finishing in 51.79sec.

Thipe needs to run 51.55sec or faster to lay claim to a spot in SASCOC’s team to represent South Africa in London at the Olympic Games.

Nolene Conrad dipped under 10 minutes in the 3000m steeplechase for the third time in her career at the Meeting National de Montbéliard in France over the past weekend, clocking 9:56.09. Conrad will however compete in the women’s 5000m after running a personal best of 16:05.98 in Koblenz on 23 May.

“My aim is to run sub-16 minutes. I feel that I am in the best shape of my life right now, so I am hoping to do well against a very good field of athletes,” said Conrad ahead of the race from France.