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Estie wins in icy Norway

By Morris Gilbert

Posted on 08 June 2009

Etsie Woodstock.
Etsie Woodstock.

Tuks’ Estie Woodstock took care of a strong field of competitors as well as the arctic Norwegian cold on Saturday, 6 June to take gold in the 400 at an international meeting.

Her time of 53.16 s is remarkable as it was her third meeting in six days, all in different European countries.

On June 5 Estie ended fourth in Strasbourg (52.81) after taking the bronze on June 3 in Rehlingen.

Estie’s next meeting is on June 13 in Lugano, Switzerland.

• In the meantime top Tuks and SA 400 meter hurdler LJ van Zyl will not start as a favourite in a meeting on Monday, 8 June in the Czech capital, Prague.

According to the IAAF website European champion Periklis Iakovakis of Greece and former Olympic medallist and Jamaican veteran Danny McFarlane are two big favourites.

• At the recent Southern Region senior championships in Gaborone, Botswana Tuks’ sprinter Hannes Dreyer won both the 100 (10.61) and 200 (21.52).

Two other Tuks athletes also struck gold: Caster Semenya in the 800 (2:00.97) and Marriam Thole in the 5000 (16:37.23). Marriam wil represent Malawi at the world championships.



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