Prudence’s feet of gold


First Akani Simbine wore his 100m jet shoes in Atlanta and now Prudence Sekgodiso sent out an 800m warning in Marrakesh.

Yes-no, South Africa’s track athletes were on fire this past weekend.

The 22-year-old Sekgodiso ran the fastest 800m time of the year at the Diamond League meeting in Morocco when she won the event with her time of 1:57.26.

The young South African was undefeated on home soil this year and she certainly did not disappoint in her first international event of the year.

Habitam Alemu of Ethiopia initially set the pace, but Sekgodiso came up with an excellent finishing effort to run the fastest time of her career.

Alemu had to settle for second place (1:57.70), while Noelie Yarigo (1:59.96) finished third.

Sekgodiso has already qualified for the Olympic Games and her Marrakesh performance will give her confidence a definite boost before the Paris spectacle.

Zenéy Geldenhuys and Lythe Pillay have both finished fourth in Morocco.

Geldenhuys completed her 400m hurdles in 55.28s, while Pillay ran 44.78s in the men’s 400m event.