Another US-based athlete was at the conference, Dominique Scott, who will go up against Caster Semenya in an interesting 5,000m.
Scott has clocked the 15min 10.00sec qualifying time for world championships in this distance, while Semenya has yet to achieve that mark.
And Scott has no intention of assisting Semenya. “The 5,000m will not be my focus this year, so this is a little speed test for me, but I'm not too concerned about fast times,” said Scott, who is focusing on the 10,000m for the world championships in Eugene, Oregon, in July.
“I’m more concerned about trying win the national title. I'm excited to be here and looking forward to competing against a good field of athletes.
“It could be a fast race. There are good athletes in the mid-15 minute range, so if the other girls want to take it out fast, we can make it a fast race. I already have the qualifying standard for the world championships, and Caster doesn’t, but if she goes out hard from the gun, I'll be ready.”
For a long time the likes of Semenya, Van Niekerk, Simbine and Horn have been at the forefront of the sport in SA, but there are new faces looking to shake up the pecking order.
Will this be their year?
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