Seven of South Africas top athletes will compete on Friday, 8 April 2016 at the DP de Villiers Stadium in Sasolburg in the third Sasol-NWU Senior International Athletics meeting against athletes from seven countries.

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Spectators can look forward to see two 400m Olympic silver medallists, Caster Semenya and Nijel Amos from Botswana in action in the ladies and mens races. Olympic finalist, L.J. van Zyl will participate in the 400m hurdles, while World Championships medallists, Isaac Makwala from Botswana (400m) and Johan Cronjé (1 500m) will also be in action on the night. Wenda Nel (400m) and Karen Mey (long jump) from Turkey, both finalists at the World Championships, will also participate.
Two national champions, Elroy Gelant (3 000m), finalist at the World Indoor Championship and winner of the SA 10km Championship run earlier this year at the Sasol Marathon, will take part with Tsholofelo Thipe (100m).
As the event is recognised by Athletics South Africa (ASA), it is a qualifier for the World Championships. Competitors from Germany, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Mozambique, Botswana, Turkey and Saudi Arabia will join South African athletes, granting them all the opportunity to compete on international level.

“It is an honour and privilege for us to be a sponsor of the Sasol-NWU Senior International Athletics meeting for the third year. Sasol in Sasolburg has been a stern supporter of sport, and particularly athletics over the years, encouraging active and healthy living. When we invested in the upgrading of the DP de Villiers Stadium as part of our community investment programme (Ikusasa) a few years ago, one of our objectives was to attract more national and international sport events to Sasolburg, said Vusi Cwane, Public Affairs Vice President at Sasols Sasolburg Operations.
Sasol co-sponsors the event with the North West University and the local civil society organisation, the Rejuvenation Trust. The event forms part of NWUs preparation for the upcoming SA Athletics Championships.

For further information please contact Hennie Botha on 082 898 4406 or hennie.botha@nwu.ac.za .