Sibusiso Nzima (Left) a silver medallist in 10000m and bronze medallist in 5000m at the Yellow Pages South Africa Senior Track and Field Championships in eThekwini last weeks aims to qualify for he 5000m in Bellville today Saturday
South African 5000m bronze medallist Sibusiso Nzima aims to qualify for the World Athletics Championships in 5000m at the Yellow Pages Interprovincial Championships in Bellville near Cape Town today Saturday.
Nzima’s confidence soared following after his exploits at the Yellow Pages South Africa Senior Track and Field Championship in eThekwini last week. In a space of one day he clocked 28:31.51 to claims a silver medal in his debut at 10000m.
That same day he returned to claim the bronze medal in 13:51.75. Although he missed the World Championships qualifier in both events Nzima remains upbeat.
“I was very excited after the 10000m because it was my first time running a sub 29 minutes on the track. It shows that when we elite runner work as a team we can all run fast times,” says Nzima.
Nonetheless, meet controller James Evans dampened the athletes’ chances of qualifying for the 5000m last week in eThekwini. He had them compete in 10000m in the morning before the 5000m in the afternoon. Yet the national championship was a two day event.
This time Nzima, Stephen Mokoka, Gladwin Mzazi, Kgosi Tsotsane and other top distance runners have just the 5000m to contend with. On the very track for this afternoon’s race in Bellville, Nzima clocked a career best of 13:39.22 last month.
Nzima reckons they can improve on their times and achieve the more stringent World Championships A qualifying standard of 13:20. The competition is set o be so intense that the Shadrack Hoff national record of 13:14.16 set in Gateshead Britain in 1995 is under threat
“I have made up my mind to go for the 5000m World Championships qualifier today. Last week in eThekwini we went for it but the weather conditions were not that good. Today I think the weather will be fantastic,” says Nzima.