Elite Athlete Development Programme Media Release
Week two offers EADP athletes
more chances to shine in Rio
Durban – As the first week of a pulsating Olympic Games in Rio de
Janeiro comes to an end, KwaZulu-Natal’s Elite Athlete
Development Programme has seen a number of their own athletes
shine in their respective disciplines as the games’ focus shifts
from the swimming pool to the athletics track with the track and
field programme getting under way this weekend.
EADP swimmers Myles Brown and Calvyn Justus did themselves proud
during the opening week of competition however, due to the highly
competitive nature of the swimming programme, were unable to
qualify for their individual finals.
Brown bettered his own South African record in the 400 metre
freestyle heat but was unable to produce one of the eight fastest
times which would have qualified him for the final of the event.
Justus and Brown teamed up for the men’s 4x200m freestyle relay
and despite strong swims from the pair, their quartet were unable
to progress into the final as they finished eleventh fastest.
Heading into the final week of competition, Friday’s programme
sees young Matthew Meyer is in action in the men’s 1500 metre
freestyle heats while Justus rounds out the indoor swimming
programme for the EADP when he joins medallists Cameron van den
Berg (breaststroke) and Chad le Clos (butterfly) as well as Chris
Reid (backstroke) for the men’s 4x100m medley relay.
Open water swimming comes into the spotlight in the second week
of the competition as Michelle Weber and Chad Ho fight it out
against the world’s best for a spot on the podium in the 10km
Marathon swim on Monday, 15 and Tuesday, 16 August respectively.
The focus then swings to the track as speedster Anaso Jobodwana
gets his medal hunt underway on Tuesday in the 200 metre heats.
Jobodwana has been out of action for most of 2016 with injury but
the sprinter has been working hard and is hopeful that he can
reproduce the form that saw him win bronze in the 200m at the
World Championships in 2015 in Beijing.
Golden girl of South African sprint canoeing, Bridgitte Hartley
steps into the spotlight at the Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas on
Wednesday when she looks to replicate or better her 2012 bronze
medal effort when her 500m K1 heat gets underway.
Hartley’s form has not been as strong as she would have liked in
the past twelve months however she will draw on the experience of
her London bronze as well as her 2014 World Championship bronze
South Africa will have two representatives in the men’s triathlon
taking place on Thursday with Commonwealth Games star Richard
Murray being joined by young, up and coming shining light Henri
Schoeman has been making good strides up the triathlon world
rankings in 2016 and the constant improvement has led to many
athletes taking notice of him in the build up to Rio. This
confidence and the young 24 year-old’s form could see him ruffle
a few feathers at the showpiece.
Rounding out the EADP athlete’s action is 20 year-old Alan
Hatherly who joins James Reid as part of the South African Cross
Country Mountain Biking onslaught at Rio on 21 August.
The selection process for mountain biking was an intense one with
Hatherly, Reid and 2012 Olympic Phillip Buys fighting it out for
the two Team South Africa spots, Hatherly’s consistent form and
impressive results throughout the UCI MTB World Cup Series in the
Under-23 age category ultimately giving him the leg up over Buys.
ELITE ATHLETE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME ATHLETE SCHEDULE - Rio
Olympic Games Week Two (SA Time)
Michelle Weber - 15th August 14:00pm - 10km Marathon Swim
Chad Ho - 16th August 14:00pm - 10km Marathon Swim
Anaso Jobodwana - 16th August 16:50pm - 200m Heats
Bridgitte Hartely - 17th august 14:51pm - K1 500m heats
Henri Scheoman - 18th august 16:00pm - Triathlon
Alan Hatherly - 21 August 17:30pm - Cross Country MTB
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Development Programme triathlete Henri Schoeman will join Richard
Murray as the two representatives to take on the Rio Olympics
triathlon course on Thursday, 18 August.
Having impressed on
the world stage throughout 2016, EADP mountain biking star Alan
Hatherly will test his skills against the best in the world
during the men's mountain bike cross country event at the Rio
Olympics on 21 August.
With an Olympic
bronze medal to her name, sprint canoe ace Bridgitte Hartley will
be hoping to harness her past experiences to stand on another
podium at the Rio Olympic Games when her 500m K1 heat gets
underway on Wednesday, 17 August.
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