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‘Speedy’ set to scorch sprinting scene

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Seoposengwe’s block start was still not nailed down, but they have some time to work on it before his next race in January 2019

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Northern Cape High school’s Keletso Seoposengwe (15) has emerged as Athletics Griqualand West’s (AGW) new track and field find with the young athlete demonstrating recently that he is on a mission to burn up the 2019 track and field season after ripping 0.13 seconds off his own 100-metre personal best.

Seoposengwe achieved this feat at an Athletics South Africa at the Nedbank sponsored JP Botha event in Bloemfontein late last month, according to his coach and mentor Theo Senekal Snr.

Senekal was excited at the youngster’s achievement after having had Seoposengwe under his wing for just under a year. He said the youngster’s achievement has justifiably earned him the nickname “Speedy” in the Province’s athletics circles.

According to Senekal Seoposengwe had battled strong winds at the Free State meeting but finished strong against a strong field of contenders. “He charged across the line to finish second in the final of the short sprints in 11.09s which was just shy of the AGW provincial record for boys under-15 with a time of 11.06s,” the coach said.

The improvement is remarkable after the youngster finished sixth in the 100m final at the SA Secondary Schools championships earlier this year in a time of 11.22s.

Although it is still early in the season the plan is to go at least for 10.90s said his coach, before adding: “It is still early in the season and I just wanted to see where we were with his preparation.”

Senekal said Seoposengwe’s block start was still not nailed down, but they have some time to work on it before his next race in January 2019.

“We’ll go back to the drawing board and work on a few things again,” said the coach.

According to Senekal, Seoposengwe had earlier struggled with an injury which impeded his progress, but has recently shown that he has the speed to crack it on the track.

“With the Confederation of African Athletics (CAA) taking place in the Ivory Coast in 2019, Seoposengwe is a name to be remembered as this young speedster is looking forward to qualify and showcase his abilities,” added Senekal.