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Today at the Commonwealth Games:

Currently: Netball SA are playing Fiji (LIVE)

11:45am – CAT : Brad Tandy – 50m freestyle final

11:45am – CAT : Antonio Alkana – 110m hurdles final

14:05pm – CAT : Caster Semenya 1500m final

#GC2018 : South African Medals tally

Gold and silver for Akani Simbine and Henricho Bruinties in the 100m final respectively.

Team South Africa kicked off the day in eighth place with 9 medals. They’re now in fifth spot with 18 medals.

8 Gold

5 Silver

5 Bronze

XXI Commonwealth Games Day 1 schedule

We bring you Day 1 complete guide of the Commonwealth Games, starting today.

Here is the complete 2018 Commonwealth Games schedule for the Gold Coast event. Over the course of 11 days in April 2018, 275 events will be held across 18 sports.

The Games get underway on Wednesday, April 4, with the Opening Ceremony, before the competition begins early the next morning. Competition will continue until the afternoon of Sunday, April 15, 2018, with the Closing Ceremony that evening.

The Gold Coast Commonwealth Games are the biggest in history, with the event boasting the largest numbers of medals and sessions ever seen in the games. The event schedule also incorporates para-sport events.

This is The Roar’s full guide to every event at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, with a day-by-day guide of everything that will happen over the 11 days of competition on the Gold Coast.

All times in this guide are listed in Australian Eastern Standard Time.

Opening Ceremony

The Opening Ceremony will be held during the evening of Wednesday, April 4. The ceremony will commence at 6pm (AEST) and be held at the main Athletics Stadium for the Games – Carrara Stadium.

Day 1

Thursday April 5 : Event details

Badminton – 9am – 12:30pmMen’s and Women’s team Carrara Sports and Leisure Centre Arena

Gymnastics – Artistic 9am – 3pmMen’s team final and individual qualifcation Coomera Indoor Sports Centre Lawn

Bowls 9am – 2:15pm Men’s triples Broadbeach Bowls Club Women’s singles

Hockey 9:30am – 1pmWomen’s preliminary (2 matches) Gold Coast Hockey CentreTable Tennis 9:30am – 2:30pm Men’s and Women’s team group stage Oxenford Studios –

Table Tennis CourtsTriathlon9:30am – 2pmMen’s and Women’s final Southport Broadwater

Parklands Weightlifting 9:30am – 12pmMen’s 56kg finalCarrara Sports and Leisure Centre – Arena 1

Swimming10:30am – 1:30pmMen’s 100m Backstroke heatsGold Coast Aquatic CentreMen’s 200m Breaststroke heats

Men’s 50m Butterfly heatsMen’s 400m Freestyle heatsWomen’s 50m Breaststroke heatsWomen’s S7 50m Butterfly heats (para-sports event)Women’s 100m Butterfly heatsWomen’s 200m Freestyle heatsWomen’s 400m Individual Medley heatsWomen’s 4×100 Freestyle relay heatsBoxing12pm – 4pmMen’s and Women’s preliminariesOxenford Studios –

Boxing ArenaSquash12:30pm – 4:30pmMen’s and Women’s singlesOxenford Studios – Squash Courts

Netball 1pm – 4:30pmPreliminaries (2 matches)Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition CentreBadminton2pm – 5:30pmMen’s and Women’s teamCarrara Sports and Leisure Centre – Arena 2Weightlifting2pm – 4:30pmWomen’s 48kg finalCarrara Sports and Leisure Centre – Arena 1Cycling –

Track2:30pm – 5pmMen’s 4000m Team Pursuit heatsAnna Meares VelodromeMen’s Team Sprint heatsWomen’s B&VI Sprint heats, semi-final (para-sport event)Women’s 4000m Team Pursuit heats

Hockey2:30pm – 6pmWomen’s preliminary (2 matches)Gold Coast Hockey CentreLawn Bowls4pm – 9:15pmMen’s pairsBroadbeach Bowls ClubOpen B6/B7/B8 pairs (para-sport event)Women’s foursMixed B2/B3 pairs (para-sport event)Table Tennis4pm – 9pmMen’s and Women’s team group stageOxenford Studios – Table Tennis CourtsGymnastics – Artistic5pm –

8:15pmMen’s Team final and individual qualifcation Coomera Indoor Sports CentreBasketball 5:30pm – 10pmMen’s preliminaries (2 games)Townsville Entertainment and Convention CentreSquash6pm –

9:30pmMen’s and Women’s singlesOxenford Studios – Squash CourtsBasketball6:30pm – 11pmWomen’s preliminaries (2 games)Cairns Convention CentreBoxing

6:30pm – 10:30pmMen’s and Women’s preliminariesOxenford Studios –

Boxing ArenaNetball 6:30pm – 10pmPreliminaries (2 matches)Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition CentreWeightlifting

6:30pm – 9pmMen’s 62kg finalCarrara Sports and Leisure Centre – Arena 1Badminton7pm – 10:30pmMen’s and Women’s teamCarrara Sports and Leisure Centre – Arena 2

Cycling – Track7pm – 10pmWomen’s Team Sprint heatsAnna Meares VelodromeMen’s B&VI 1000m Time Trial final (para-sport event)Men’s 4000m Team Pursuit finalMen’s Team Sprint finalWomen’s B&VI Sprint final (para-sport event)Women’s 4000m Team Pursuit finalWomen’s Team Sprint finalHockey

7:30pm – 11pmMen’s preliminary (2 matches)Gold Coast Hockey CentreSwimming

7:30pm – 10:30pmMen’s 100m Backstroke semi-finalGold Coast Aquatic CentreMen’s 50m Butterfly semi-finalWomen’s 50m Butterfly semi-finalWomen’s 100m Butterfly semi-finalMen’s 200m Breaststroke finalMen’s S14 200m Freestyle final (para-sport event)Men’s 400m Freestyle finalWomen’s S7 50m Butterfly final (para-sport event)Women’s 200m Freestyle finalWomen’s 400m Individual Medley finalWomen’s 4x100m Freestyle Relay final

Tuks win Varsity Athletics title by split seconds as Palframan reigns supreme once again

Pretoria, SOUTH AFRICA - MARCH 23: Tukies crowned as winners up during the Varsity Athletics meeting on March 23, 2018 at LC de Villiers Sport centre Tuks in Pretoria, South Africa. (Photo by Christiaan Kotze/SASPA)

Maties’ Justine Palframan continued her good vein of form at the final Varsity Athletics meeting at Tuks in Pretoria on 23 March, convincingly taking the win in the women’s 200m. However, pre-race favourites Rantso Mokopane (men 1500m) and Thembo Monareng had to settle for second.

Palframan has been in scintillating form this March, after nine of the eleven races she competed in during the month. Only at the first Athletix Grand Prix in Roodepoort on 1 March and in the 400m semi-finals of the national championships did she finish third and second respectively.

 “That felt surprisingly easy,” said Palframan after her 200m win at the Varsity Athletics final. Palframan had jumped on a plane this morning from Cape Town to be on the start line at the Varsity Athletics final after having won the women’s 400m at the Athletix Grand Prix in Paarl the night before.

“My legs aren’t tired at all tonight. I just felt good,” said the 24-year-old with a big smile on her face. “Now it is USSAs (SA Student Championships) at the end of April and then I rest for a bit and wait and see what events I can race in Europe later in the year. If I don’t get to race in Europe this season, that’s also ok. I then get a nice long winter training program.”

Palframan won by over a second, clocking 23.23sec in cool conditions, ahead of UWC’s Robyn Haupt, with Lente Pieterse of NWU rounding out the top three.

Kyle Green of UWC, Long Jump At Tuks Athletics, Friday 2 March 2018

Winner of the 1500m at the first leg of the Varsity athletics meeting at Tuks on 2 March, Rantso Mokopane was unable to repeat that performance tonight as he was outgunned by UWC’s Ashley Smith who crossed the line in 3:50.97 in a tactical race. Mokopane, who went into the lead with 250m to go, was not able to hold off the fast finishing Smith and had to settle for second in 3:57.37.

“My legs were dead,” said Mokopane after race. “I felt that mile from yesterday.” Mokopane had won the men’s mile at the Athletix Grand Prix in Paarl the previous evening, becoming the first South African to break four minutes for the mile in 2018.

 After running a personal best in the 100m of 10.23sec at the national championships on 15 March, and having won the 100m at the first Varsity Athletics Meeting on 2 March, Thembo Monareng was expected to win the 100m final on 23 March. The Tuks athlete though was outgunned by NWU’s Chederick van Wyk in a surprise result.  A mere 1/100th of a second separated the two as van Wyk clocked 10.31sec to the 10.32sec of Monareng.

For van Wyk the result was a huge achievement as he not only broke his personal best, but he also won maximum points for his University in a race he was not expecting to win.

Pretoria, SOUTH AFRICA – MARCH 23: EWAN PIETERS OF UCT during the Varsity Athletics meeting on March 23, 2018 at LC de Villiers Sport centre Tuks in Pretoria, South Africa.
(Photo by Christiaan Kotze/SASPA)

“I am shocked; I did not expect to win tonight. I had a good start, usually my point, but my drive phase was very poor so I had to work very hard in the last 60m. I was able to stay relaxed where Thembo (Monareng) tensed up in the final meters and I was able to win the race.” Earlier on van Wyk had destroyed the men’s field in the 200m with a time of 20.60sec ahead of Tuks’ Malisela Senona (20.82sec) and Kovsies’ Hendrick Maartens (21.01sec).

No surprises then that Justine Palframan was awarded the Victrix Lodorum and van Wyk won the Victor Lodorum Trophy. Their individual efforts, though, were not good enough to prevent the home team, Tuks from retaining the overall title with 31 152 points to the 31 123 points of the NWU – a victory by just 29 points for Tuks, whose women’s relay team probably won it for them in the final event of the meeting, beating NWU by more than a second with their 46.17.

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Deloitte Challenge

By Elan Hugo

Visit: www.liv-village.com

The Deloitte Challenge is a highlight on the annual calendar of LIV Village. Not only is LIV the beneficiary of this amazing event but it gives the LIV children and mothers an opportunity to participate in a race, train with purpose and build confidence and stamina.

The Deloitte Challenge consists of 5 different races namely a road cycle race, marathon, half-marathon, 10km race and a 5km fun run. The event is growing at a rapid speed with a few thousand participants added to the entries every year.

This year the village have represented beautifully with 59 kids and moms participating in the 5km fun run. Nine kids and moms ran the 10km race of which one of our older boys finished 20th out of 917 runners with an outstanding time of 38mins30.

Two of the older LIV boys finished the half marathon. One finished first in his age group,20th out of 2636 runners with the excellent time of 1h17mins21 and the other (of which this was his first 21km) finished 3rd in his age group and 138th out of 2636 runners with the time of 1h37mins34.

The LIV runners are going from strength to strength. Under the watchful eye of Miss Lindi Meyer, the mentor for LIV2Run (LIV Village’s running club), these children are excelling and becoming athletes in their own right. Exciting things are in the pipeline for LIV2Run. If you would like to find out more or get involved, please contact Lindi at run@liv-village.com.

Head to Head 1000m Women: Liquid Telecom Athletix Grand Prix Series Meeting 2, Tuks Stadium, Tshwane

The 1000m is a seldom run event, making it difficult to judge and an intriguing battle between 1500m and 800m specialists. For most in the line-up on Thursday, 08 March 2018, this will be new territory.

Caster Semenya will line up as the race favourite with the fastest 800m time in the field by some margin. That said, this will be the first time that the double Olympic and triple world champion lines up in the 1000m race. Semenya has run three 400m races this year and one 1500m clocking times of 51.84sec, 54.38sec and 52.54sec respectively in the 400m on 10, 23 and 24 February and 4:23.36 for the 1500m on 3 February. All races were run at Tuks, Pretoria. She was a bronze medalist in the 1500m at 2017 IAAF World Championships in London.

Winnie Nanyondo of Uganda, boasts a best of 1:58.63 and finished 2nd at the inaugural Liquid Telecom Athletix Grand Prix Series Meeting at Ruimsig Stadium, Roodepoort in the 800m behind her country woman, Halimah Nakaayi, clocking 2:02.84. Just as with Semenya, the 1000m race is a novelty for Nanyondo and she too will be in unknown territory. The 800m in Roodepoort was the first race of her 2018 season.

Halima Nakaayi won in Roodepoort at the first Liquid Telecom Athletix Grand Prix Series Meeting, last Thursday, beating her more fancied country women, Winnie Nanyondo. She clocked 2:01.44 – her 5th best time ever. She also has not run a 1000m in a race before.

Gena Lofstrand finished 3rd at the Roodepoort Meeting in the 800m last week Thursday, clocking a seasons best 2:03.56. This is the 8th best time in her career. Lofstrand has run four races this year, two 400m races and two 800m races, posting times of 54.7sec (hand timed) in both her 400m runs on 27 January and 17 February, respectively. She also ran her first 800m of the season on 27 January, clocking 2:05.13.

Tsepang Sello is the Botswana national 800m record holder. She finished 4th at the Meeting last Thursday with a time of 2:06.40. There is also no record of her running a competitive 1000m race.

Liza Kellerman as a Youth athlete (U18) ran 2:05.75 in Stellenbosch in 2016, she too will make her debut over 1000m on Thursday, 08 March at Tuks. She finished 7th in the 800m in Roodepoort on Thursday, 01 March, crossing the line in 2:08.96. Kellerman is still a Junior athlete (18-years-old).

Keletso Senosi is only 16 years old and will profit immensely from racing against a line-up of this calibre. She has a best of 2:09.93 run on 17 March 2017 in Tshwane. Senosi also ran in Roodepoort last Thursday to finish 8th in 2:10.36 – the third best time of her young career.

Prudence Sekgodiso clocked her best time ever over 800m last Thursday at Roodepoort, running 2:06.96 to finish 5th overall.

EVENT INFORMATION: Liquid Telecom Athletix Grand Prix Series
The Liquid Telecom Athletix Grand Prix is more than just a show, it enables athletes the opportunity to compete against South African and global talent; for them to be nurtured and invested in, so that they have the potential of becoming green and gold medalists.

Dates and Venues:

Thursday, 08 March 2018 Tuks Stadium, Tshwane
Thursday, 22 March 2018 Dal Josaphat Stadium, Paarl

Ticket Prices:

Main Pavilion Tickets
Standard Ticket: R 100 each
Children under 16 years of age: R 50 each

Open Stand/Grass Banks
Standard Ticket: R 50 each
Children under 16 years of age: R 50 each

ONLINE TICKET SALES are open and can be purchased via www.webtickets.co.za

Tickets can also be purchased at the gate of each event.

Visit the event’s Facebook page for regular announcements!

Facebook: AthletixGrandPrix
Twitter: @AthletixGP
Instagram: @athletixgrandprix
Website: www.athletixgrandprix.com

ABOUT LIQUID TELECOM
Liquid Telecom is a leading communications services and solutions provider across 13 countries in Eastern, central and Southern Africa that serves carrier, enterprise and retail customers with high-speed, reliable connectivity and digital services.

It has built Africa’s largest independent fibre network, spanning over 50,000km, and operates state-of-the-art data centres in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Nairobi, with a combined 6,800 square meters of rack space.

This is in addition to leading cloud-based services, such as Microsoft Office365 and Microsoft Azure, and innovative digital content provision, including Netflix, NBA, TED and Kwese Play.

Through this combined offering, Liquid Telecom is enhancing customers’ experience on their digital journey.

About Athletics South Africa:
Athletics South Africa (ASA) is the national governing body for the sport of athletics (including Track and Field, Cross Country, Road Running and Race Walking) in South Africa, is a member of the IAAF and the Confederation of African Athletics. The association is based in Johannesburg.

Gatlin vs Jobodwana 150m Clash at Liquid Telecom Athletix Grand Prix Series

World 100m champion, Justin Gatlin and former South African 200m record holder and 2015 World Championship 200m bronze medalist, Anaso Jobodwana will come face-to-face for the third time in their careers on Thursday, 08 March 2018 at the Liquid Telecom Athletix Grand Prix Series Meeting at Tuks Stadium, Tshwane.

The American is currently leading the head-to-head’s 2-0. The first time they met was at the Pregontaine Meeting in Eugene, Oregon on 30 May 2015. The two came face-to-face again in the 200m final at the World Championships in Beijing that year. In Eugene, Gatlin raced away to a 19.68sec win to the second place of Jobodwana who clocked a then National Record of 20.04sec. At the World Championships it was again the American who edged Jobodwana as they finished second and third respectively in 19.74sec and 19.87sec behind Usain Bolt.

Now they face off again. This time in Tshwane on Thursday, 08 March at the second Meeting of the Liquid Telecom Athletix Grand Prix Series over the seldom run 150m.

For Jobodwana this will be the seventh race of 2018, while for Gatlin it will be his first of the season. Jobodwana has yet to lose a race this season and is coming back into the form that saw him run under 20sec for the 200m at the 2015 World Championships.

The 150m promises to be a showdown of epic proportions and Jobodwana is itching to line up against Gatlin.

“I want to beat him before he retires. He has about two more years before he hangs up his spikes, so I need to beat him sooner rather than later. I have huge respect for Gatlin, he is not a world champion for nothing. But this is my home and this would be a great opportunity to get a win over him,” said Jobodwana, who has been training at Tuks for the past three weeks.

Gatlin too has immense respect for South African sprinters and is expecting a tough battle against Jobodwana. “It’s really great what is happening in South African sprints right now and I have massive respect for Wayde (van Niekerk), Akani (Simbine) and Anaso (Jobodwana). I know Anaso comes through strongly in the end, I saw that at the World’s in 2015 where he came flying through in the final 50m. So I know it will be a tough race on Thursday, especially as he will be in front of his home crowd and I can expect him to put on a good show.”

Gatlin and Jobodwana will also have Gatlin’s training partner, Trentavis Friday and former SA 100m Record Holder, Simon Magakwe to contend with. Friday has been in-country for a week now and would have been able to deal with the effects of jetlag to a large degree. Magakwe is fresh from his 100m win over Henricho Bruintjies at the first Meeting in Roodepoort last week Thursday.

Simbine opens 2018 in the 100m

South Africa’s 100m SA Record Holder, Akani Simbine will also be in the line-up. Simbine will be racing the 100m. South Africans are used to seeing Simbine open with a sub 10sec time and will be hoping to see that again, especially as he is racing on his favourite track, Tuks where he has set three of his 15 sub 10sec times to date.

“I’m excited for my first race. I love this track, I will be racing in front of my home crowd (Simbine has actively been campaigning to get as many supporters into the stadium as possible), so I think this could be a good race,” the 24-year-old said. “It is the start of a long season and it is always good to lay down a good marker on your first race. It makes a statement.”

EVENT INFORMATION: Liquid Telecom Athletix Grand Prix Series
The Liquid Telecom Athletix Grand Prix is more than just a show, it enables athletes the opportunity to compete against South African and global talent; for them to be nurtured and invested in, so that they have the potential of becoming green and gold medalists.
Dates and Venues:

Thursday, 08 March 2018 Tuks Stadium, Tshwane
Thursday, 22 March 2018 Dal Josaphat Stadium, Paarl

Ticket Prices:

Main Pavilion Tickets
Standard Ticket: R 100 each
Children under 16 years of age: R 50 each

Open Stand/Grass Banks
Standard Ticket: R 50 each
Children under 16 years of age: R 50 each

ONLINE TICKET SALES are open and can be purchased via www.webtickets.co.za

Tickets can also be purchased at the gate of each event.

Visit the event’s Facebook page for daily announcements!

Facebook: AthletixGrandPrix
Twitter: @AthletixGP
Instagram: @athletixgrandprix
Website: www.athletixgrandprix.com

ABOUT LIQUID TELECOM
Liquid Telecom is a leading communications services and solutions provider across 13 countries in Eastern, central and Southern Africa that serves carrier, enterprise and retail customers with high-speed, reliable connectivity and digital services.

It has built Africa’s largest independent fibre network, spanning over 50,000km, and operates state-of-the-art data centres in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Nairobi, with a combined 6,800 square meters of rack space.

This is in addition to leading cloud-based services, such as Microsoft Office365 and Microsoft Azure, and innovative digital content provision, including Netflix, NBA, TED and Kwese Play.

Through this combined offering, Liquid Telecom is enhancing customers’ experience on their digital journey.

About Athletics South Africa:
Athletics South Africa (ASA) is the national governing body for the sport of athletics (including Track and Field, Cross Country, Road Running and Race Walking) in South Africa, is a member of the IAAF and the Confederation of African Athletics. The association is based in Johannesburg.

Fireworks on the cards at first Liquid Telecom Athletix Grand Prix Meeting

Seen here (from left to right): Clarence Munyai, Kyle Whitehall (Liquid Telecom South Africa Chief Executive Officer), Joshua Cheptegei, Aleck Skhosana (the president of Athletics South Africa), Anaso Jobodwana and Michael Meyer (Managing Director of Stillwater Sports). Photo Credit: Tobias Ginsberg

A star studded line up will be presented at the first Liquid Telecom Athletix Grand Prix Meeting in Ruimsig on Thursday, 01 March 2018.

Among the highlights of the first Meeting are the 200m Men, 400m Men, 1500m Men, High Jump, 400m Women and 800m Women.

The 200m Men sees former South African record holder Anaso Jobodwana line up against America’s 2014 World Junior champion in the 200m, Trentavis Friday, World Junior record holder in the 300m Clarence Munyai and Botswana’s national 200m record holder Isaac Makwala.

Both Jobodwana and Munyai have put in class performances this past weekend at the AGN Provincial Championships. Munyai lowered his 100m Personal Best from 10.20sec to 10.10sec, while Jobodwana clocked a wind assisted 10.07sec. Both are itching to race each other. Throw in Makwala who ran 19.77sec in Madrid in 2017 and Friday, and you have the makings of a quality 200m race.

Makwala has a tough day as he lines up in the 400m some 30 minutes prior to the 200m. How he recovers from the 400m will be of huge interest to the athletes in the 200m. Thapelo Phora will be looking forward to taking on the Botswana athlete in the 400m after showing early season form. Phora clocked 45.92 on Saturday 24 February at the Gauteng North Championships.

Joshua Cheptegei, the World Championships 10 000m silver medalist returns to South Africa to headline the 1500m, but he may find the going hard against a hungry SA contingent including Jerry Motsau, Folavio Sehole, national champion Dumisang Hlaselo and rising star Ryan Mphahlele. Cheptegei’s training partner, Abel Sikowo and country man Ronald Musagala are also in the field.

World Youth champion, Breyton Poole is the star attraction in the High Jump. He cleared 2.24m for the world title in 2017 and in November improved his best to 2.25m. He faces Mpho Links, the 2017 SA University champion who has a best of 2.23m and Chris Moleya, the 2017 South African champion who also boasts a best of 2.25m.

On the women’s front, expect a tight duel in the 800m between the two Ugandan’s Winnie Nanyondo and Halimah Nakaayi who have both gone under 2 minutes. Nanyando holds the edge with her 1:58.63 run in 2014 to Nakaayi’s 1:59.78 she ran in the 2016 Rio Olympics. While there is no Caster Semenya in the 800m, South African supporters will be looking to hard front-running Gena Lofstrand to give the Ugandans a challenge.

The 400m Women promises to be a match-up between Botswana’s Amantle Montsho, Goitseone Seleka and Christine Botlogetswe and South Africa’s Justine Palframan, 400m hurdler, Wenda Nel and exciting youth prospect Amy Naude. Montsho is the 2011 world champion and 2013 World Championship silver medalist and on paper is the favorite to win the one lapper.

EVENT INFORMATIONLiquid Telecom Athletix Grand Prix Series

Dates and Venues:

Thursday, 01 March 2018 Ruimsig Stadium, Johannesburg
Thursday, 08 March 2018 Tuks Stadium, Tshwane
Thursday, 22 March 2018 Dal Josaphat Stadium, Paarl

 

Ticket Prices:

Main Pavilion Tickets 

Standard Ticket:  R 100 each
Children under 16 years of age: R 50 each

 

Open Stand/Grass Banks

Standard Ticket:  R 50 each
Children under 16 years of age: R 50 each

 

ONLINE TICKET SALES are open and can be purchased via www.webtickets.co.za

Tickets can also be purchased at the gate of each event.

Visit the event’s Facebook page for daily announcements!

Facebook:  AthletixGrandPrix

Twitter: @AthletixGP

Instagram: @athletixgrandprix

Website: www.athletixgrandprix.com

ABOUT LIQUID TELECOM

Liquid Telecom is a leading communications services and solutions provider across 13 countries in Eastern, central and Southern Africa that serves carrier, enterprise and retail customers with high-speed, reliable connectivity and digital services.

 It has built Africa’s largest independent fibre network, spanning over 50,000km, and operates state-of-the-art data centres in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Nairobi, with a combined 6,800 square meters of rack space. 

 This is in addition to leading cloud-based services, such as Microsoft Office365 and Microsoft Azure, and innovative digital content provision, including Netflix, NBA, TED and Kwese Play.

 Through this combined offering, Liquid Telecom is enhancing customers’ experience on their digital journey.

 

About Athletics South Africa:

Athletics South Africa (ASA) is the national governing body for the sport of athletics (including track and field, cross country, road running and racewalking) in South Africa, recognised by the IAAF, and also a member of Confederation of African Athletics.  The association is based in Johannesburg.

Head to Head 800m Women: Athletix Grand Prix Series Meeting 1, Ruimsig

A field of nine women will line up in the 800m at the first of Athletix Grand Prix Meeting in Ruimsig on Thursday, 01 March. Below are some of the athletes who are expected to be in the mix for line honours.

Winnie Nanyondo of Uganda looks to be the race favourite with an 800m best of 1:58.63 which she ran in Monaco in 2014. Nanyondo is the Commonwealth Games 800m bronze medallist from 2014 and with a best of 53.72sec in the 400m, Nanyondo has the fastest half lap time in the field.

Halimah Nakaayi has experienced both the World Championships (2017) and the Olympic Games (2016) and will have learned how to handle pressure situations. Her 1:59.78 is the second fastest 800m time in the field and her 53.02 PB for the 400m shows that there is good speed in her legs, even though that time was run at home in Kampala, Uganda at altitude.

Gena Löfstrand the former South African champion likes to front run and is not averse to taking the pace out upfront, something she did to great effect at the World Championships in London in 2017 in the first round. Her aggression paid off and she went through the bell leading the field, clocking 58.71sec. She was passed by six other athletes, but had done enough to make sure she ran a fast enough time to get to the semi-finals. Rest assured, Löfstrand will once again take the race out hard. She could well cause a bit of an upset.

Other athletes in the field to take note of are 18-year-old Vimbayi Maisvoreva from Zimbabwe who competed at the World U18 Championships in Nairobi in 2017, Tsepang Sello from Lesotho and Liza Kellerman who as a 16-year-old ran 2:05.75 which placed her 12th in the U18 world rankings in 2016. Just like country woman, Gena Löfstrand, Liza Kellerman likes to front run. The two could well combine to set a fast pace.

EVENT INFORMATION: Athletix Grand Prix Series
Dates and Venues:

Thursday, 01 March 2018 Ruimsig Stadium, Johannesburg
Thursday, 08 March 2018 Tuks Stadium, Tshwane
Thursday, 22 March 2018 Dal Josaphat Stadium, Paarl

Ticket Prices:

Main Pavilion Tickets
Standard Ticket: R 100 each
Children under 16 years of age: R 50 each

Open Stand/Grass Banks
Standard Ticket: R 50 each
Children under 16 years of age: R 50 each

ONLINE TICKET SALES are open and can be purchased via www.webtickets.co.za

Tickets can also be purchased at the gate of each event.

Additional big names that will be seen in action in March includes: Justin Gatlin, Joshua Cheptegei, Anaso Jobodwana, Retshidisitswe Mlenga, Caster Semenya, Clarence Munyai, Trentavis Friday, Justin Walker, Julius Yego, Ronald Musagala, Ruswahl Samaai and Dominique Scott.

Athletix Grand Prix Series: Athlete Announcement

AJ Calitz and Lijan Van Niekerk claimed gold in the 12km XTERRA Trail Run at the Elgin-Grabouw Country Club on Saturday, 24 February 2018. Seen here: AJ Calitz in action during the 12km XTERRA Trail Run in Elgin-Grabouw. Photo Credit: Tobias Ginsberg

AJ Calitz and Lijan Van Niekerk claimed gold in the 12km XTERRA Trail Run at the Elgin-Grabouw Country Club on Saturday, 24 February 2018.

Varsity Athletics returns to the circuit this March

Varsity Athletics will return on 2 and 23 March 2018. This year, both events will take place at the newly-renovated Tuks Athletics Stadium. Tuks Athletics Club also celebrate their centenary in 2018.
Varsity Athletics will return on 2 and 23 March 2018. This year, both events will take place at the newly-renovated Tuks Athletics Stadium. Tuks Athletics Club also celebrate their centenary in 2018.

Varsity Athletics will return on 2 and 23 March 2018. This year, both events will take place at the newly-renovated Tuks Athletics Stadium. Tuks Athletics Club also celebrate their centenary in 2018.

This year, Varsity Athletics will once again provide the platform to South Africa’s rising stars, as it did for household names such as Akani Simbine, Constant Pretorius, Ruswahl Samaai, LJ van Zyl and Caster Semenya, who will represent South Africa at the Commonwealth Games next month. Varsity Sports aims to provide athletes the platform to go faster, further and higher, nurturing the next generation of South African athletes.

The event will continue with the format introduced in 2016, with two divisions: the A division will have eight competing universities, and the B division, will have four competing universities. This format was adopted after the University of Cape Town, Central University of Technology, University of Limpopo, and Vaal University of Technology joined Varsity Athletics.

The A division follows the IAAF format where the top 15 athletes’ points from each university are counted towards the entire team’s scores, and the B division will use the top 10 athletes’ points for each university. These points count towards the universities’ totals. The IAAF points scoring format has been adopted for the meetings. A winner of both meetings will be announced, as well as the overall winner, who will be crowned on 23 March in Pretoria.

Division A includes:

  • University of Pretoria (Tuks)
  • North West University (NWU)
  • Tshwane University of Technology (TUT)
  • University of Free State (Kovsies)
  • Nelson Mandela University (Madibaz)
  • University of Stellenbosch (Maties)
  • University of the Western Cape (UWC)
  • University of Johannesburg (UJ)

Division B includes:

  • University of Cape Town (UCT)
  • Central University of Technology (CUT)
  • University of Limpopo (UL)
  • Vaal University of Technology (VUT).

The teams of each university will be announced soon.

“Varsity Athletics affords fantastic opportunities to our young athletes to help them prepare for the biggest athletics event in the world such as the SA Championship and Commonwealth Games,” said Duitser Bosman, Varsity Sports CEO.  “It’s an extreme honour to be able to provide these future stars a world-class platform to bring their dreams to life and we are grateful to our partners Samsung, Wimpy and FNB.”

In 2018 Varsity Sports launched a new campaign called #SpeakUp in conjunction with Professor Lizette Rabe. The aim of the campaign is to drive the message that everyone should be aware of their mental wellness and state of mind, and remove the stigma around mental wellness. With the international colour for mental awareness being green, every Varsity Athletics record holder will don a bright green number to create awareness.

Varsity Athletics has fostered some of South Africa’s most formidable athletes who all competed at the 2016 Rio Olympics. These include Justine Palframan (Maties 200m and 400m sprinter), Caster Semenya (NWU 800m sprinter, Olympic Gold medalist) Stephen Mokoka (TUT 10 000m long distance runner), Ruswahl Samaai (UJ long jumper), LJ van Zyl (Tuks 400m hurdles sprinter), Henricho Bruintjies (Tuks 100m and 200m sprinter), Akani Simbine (Tuks 100m sprinter) and Wayde van Niekerk (Kovsies 200m and 400m sprinter, 400m World Record holder, 200m Olympic Gold medalist).

Varsity Athletics is proudly brought to you by FNB, Samsung and Wimpy.

 For more about Varsity Athletics

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Scott renews rivalry at Athletix Grand Prix Series

Multiple SA Indoor record holder Dominique Scott returns to the tracks of South Africa on Thursday, 22 March 2018, when she lines up in the 1500m at the third and final Athletix Grand Prix Series Meeting at the Dal Josaphat Stadium in Paarl. Seen here: Dominique Scott

Multiple SA Indoor record holder Dominique Scott returns to the tracks of South Africa on Thursday, 22 March 2018, when she lines up in the 1500m at the third and final Athletix Grand Prix Series Meeting at the Dal Josaphat Stadium in Paarl.

Scott, who is included in the team to the IAAF World Indoor Championships from 02 – 04 March for both the 1500m and 3000m events, is in the form of her life after setting new national records in both the aforementioned distances.

On 10 February this year, Scott lowered her own record of 4:10.90 from 2017 by over 3 seconds to 4:07.25 in Boston. A week earlier, Scott had obliterated her own previous national 3000m indoor record of 8:54.06 down to 8:41.18 in a race where she was narrowly beaten into 3rd place by the world 3000m Steeplechase champion, Emma Coburn.

The last time South Africa saw Scott race on home soil on the track was at the National Championships in Stellenbosch in 2016 where she finished second to Caster Semenya. The two will meet up again on 22 March over the same distance. Scott has improved immensely since their last encounter, but so too has Semenya and South Africans can look forward to a riveting race.

“I cannot wait to run at home again, especially on the track. I love the track and perform really well there and this year I have stepped it up a few notches. So I am confident of giving Caster a good race on 22 March,” Scott said from the USA.

Scott’s improvements within a year bode well for the South African. Taking 3 seconds off here indoor best in the 1500m and almost 13 seconds off her 3000m record, shows that Scott has made a massive jump in her performance.

That improvement will stand her in good stead when she lines up against Semenya on 22 March. Scott’s outdoor 1500m best is currently 4:08.04 which she ran in Padova in 2017. There is no reason not to think she will take her indoor form and that level of improvement outdoors.  If she does, fireworks can be expected. Scott’s best could very well be lowered quite substantially, especially with a hungry Semenya in the field.

EVENT INFORMATION:  Athletix Grand Prix Series

Dates and Venues:

Thursday, 01 March 2018 Ruimsig Stadium, Johannesburg
Thursday, 08 March 2018 Tuks Stadium, Tshwane
Thursday, 22 March 2018 Dal Josaphat Stadium, Paarl

 

Ticket Prices:

Main Pavilion Tickets 

Standard Ticket:   R 100 each
Children under 16 years of age: R 50 each

 

Open Stand/Grass Banks

Standard Ticket:   R 50 each
Children under 16 years of age: R 50 each

 

ONLINE TICKET SALES are open and can be purchased via www.webtickets.co.za

Tickets can also be purchased at the gate of each event.    

Additional big names that will be seen in action in March includes:  Justin Gatlin, Joshua Cheptegei, Anaso Jobodwana, Retshidisitswe Mlenga, Caster Semenya, Clarence Munyai, Trentavis Friday, Justin Walker, Julius Yego, Ronald Musagala and Ruswahl Samaai.

Visit the event’s Facebook page for daily announcements!

Facebook:  AthletixGrandPrix

Twitter: @AthletixGP

Instagram: @athletixgrandprix

Website: www.athletixgrandprix.com

About Athletics South Africa:

Athletics South Africa (ASA) is the national governing body for the sport of athletics (including track and field, cross country, road running and racewalking) in South Africa, recognised by the IAAF, and also a member of Confederation of African Athletics.  The association is based in Johannesburg.

#SaveTheDate – Athletics Grand Prix Series

Our athletes have lit up the global stage, now it’s time for the nation to celebrate our golden generation on home soil.

The Athletix Grand Prix Series will showcase our #RecordTakers, #GroundBreakers and our #BarRaisers by hosting three world-class athletics meets. Sensational athletics and spectacular entertainment for the whole family.

For more information go to www.athletixgrandprix.com

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