-Stadium – 17:30-17:45

EC is becoming known as the club that gathers some of South African finest long/middle distance- also sprinting- athletes on an annual basis in collaboration with big schools Track & Field meetings. The past three years saw these shootouts grow from local to international and it’s becoming one of the most sought after competitions for athletes across South Africa and Africa. Hosting this event is Backtrack in partnership with sponsors Tomtom and KPMG.

Tomorrow’s men’s line-ups includes defending champion Theodore Nothling and third place finisher in the same 2000m race, Siyabonga Derison. Also included in the line-up is the underestimated Jeromy Andreas who will represent South Africa at the African Cross Country Championships in March, the mighty-elephant Tlou Seloba, and 800m prodigy Thapelo Madiba. South African junior 1500m champion Warno Potgieter will be joined by former South African Junior 3000m Steeple-chase champion Tumisang Monnatlala and former SA u/23 800m bronze medallist Dougan Wright.

Athletes that should be watched with an owls-eye are: Rantso Mokopane, Pharson Magagane, Moses Dirane, Simphiwe Tefo, Themba Madima, Hannes Naude, Kabelo Mohlosi, and Kgalalelo Mathabatha.

The winning time of the race will depend on 6 time Botswana 400mH champion as he will serve as pacemaker for the first 600m of the race; a race that could be run under 2min20sec if he passes the first 600m in 1:21-23.

The women’s line-up includes a very ‘hungry to win’ Anuscha Nice who had podium finishes in all the other shootout races, but still don’t have a title to her name. Will this shootout be different for Nice? We will have to wait until tomorrow afternoon 17:36pm to witness the race. Nice will have to face fierce competition from in-form Simonay Weitsz, Carina Viljoen and the hard-working Stella Marais. Also in the field is Murendwa Davanha who will represent South Africa at next month’s African Cross Country Championships, former Vorentoe High School training partner of Davanha Thandi Sehohle and Rizani van Aswegen. The thorn amongst the roses will be 12 year old Decland Wright who will be attempting another world record for Boys 12; let’s make history together tomorrow evening! Let’s not forget the presence of highly talented and hardworking athletes: Dimpo Diale, Kataza Shipalana, Anet Coetzee and Keletso Sesing.

EC and Back-Track Sports in partnership with KPMG and TomTom make use of these big platforms to not only bring track back, but to also encourage track & field participation of scholars across the country. What a great way to motivate, inspire and encourage participation!

We are eagerly awaiting tomorrow’s 1000m Shoot-out races.