Central Gauteng Athletics (CGA) hosted the third league meeting last Saturday, 23 January 2016 which puts the province halfway towards the end of season. With just two more leagues before the provincial and national championships the season and has gained momentum. We had a great turnout of spectators with grand stands filled to see the action packs meeting of the season.
Athletics South Africa sanctioned 5000m event for Junior Women in preparation of the CAA Cross Country team was led by a bunch from KPMG AC. An interesting finish by Simonay Weitsz (KPMG) 17:34:3 with a close call for officials to make between her and Keletso Senosi (Tuks) 17:34:5 who is also a CGA product. The trials were aimed at evaluating the Junior women’s fitness as they prepare for the CAA championships in Cameroon at the beginning of March 2016.
The highly anticipated 10 000m saw Sibusiso Nzima (Nedbank) walking away victorious in the time of 28:48, shocking the crowds with a world class performance. Onneile Dintwe (Nedbank) took the women event in the 34:51, and she was very impressed with her time as she aims to qualify for the Rio Olympics.
It is do or die time for athletes as we get closer to the national championships. They need to have participated in at least two provincial leagues and the CGA championships to qualify for selection. Some have met the selection criteria, and some still need the two leagues remaining to achieve their goal and meet the criteria.