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Thornton takes on SA champ

Eastern Province pole-vaulter Eva Thornton will go into Friday’s Yellow Pages Series meeting in Port Elizabeth brimming with confidence after an emphatic victory at this weekend’s Powerade EP Athletics Championships.

Thornton (NMMU) cleared 3.60 metres at her second attempt en route to the gold medal, which is just short of her personal best of 3.70m set in Stellenbosch three seasons ago.

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Public treated to top athletics

The public will be in for a rare treat when the country’s top athletes descend on Port Elizabeth for the first of six Yellow Pages Series athletics meetings on Friday, February 19.

This follows a recent statement by Athletics South Africa (ASA) that Yellow Pages has pledged R20-million over the next three years to get the sport back on track.

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Splash Festival announces auditions

Entertainers in Port Elizabeth and surrounds will be given a chance to audition for slots in this year’s MTN Nelson Mandela Bay Splash Festival programme.

According to David Limbert, coordinator of the series of open auditions that will take place around the metro next week, the aim is to “expose local talent that is of a high enough quality to feature at the annual Splash Festival”.

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Gorries' comeback in jeopardy

Top local sprinter Paul Gorries’ expected return to top-level athletics at the first Yellow Pages Series meeting in Port Elizabeth is in jeopardy due to a niggling hamstring injury.

Gorries is entered for the one-lapper at the first of six meetings in the series, which takes place at the Xerox NMMU Athletics Stadium on February 19.

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Mulaudzi confirmed for PE

South Africa’s 800m world champion Mbulaeni Mulaudzi is the first high-profile athlete to be confirmed for the opening meeting of the national Yellow Pages Series, which takes place in Port Elizabeth on February 19.

Mulaudzi – a former Olympic silver medallist and indoor world champion – emulated Caster Semenya when he won the title in a thrilling finish in Berlin last year.

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Williamson impresses amid Moolman victory

Top British cyclist Catherine Williamson said she loved the “aggressive nature” of South African racing after claiming her second podium in three weeks in Saturday’s 107-kilometre Ecclesiate Berge en Dale Classic in Krugersdorp.

Williamson, one of three overseas signings for the newly-formed Team bizhub, emerged from a “messy” sprint to finish third behind Ashleigh Moolman (Biogen Toyota) and Carla Swart (Team MTN).

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River mile in jeopardy due to pollution

Africa’s oldest open-water swimming event, the Spar Redhouse River Mile, is in jeopardy due to toxic levels of human waste in the Swartkops River.

“The water quality is totally unacceptable at the moment and unlikely to improve over the next month,” says race organiser, Mike Zoetmulder of Zports in Port Elizabeth. “Therefore, for the safety of our participants, we cannot go ahead.”

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Stopforth on track despite loss

Team bizhub’s Ischen Stopforth got the defence of her MTN Series title off to a solid start by placing runner-up in the season opener, the 135-kilometre Attakwas Extreme Challenge mountain bike race between Oudtshoorn and Groot Brakrivier, on Saturday.

Stopforth, who won the race last year, was upstaged by MTN’s on-song Yolande Speedy, who placed 19th overall in a time of 6:36:16. Stopforth clocked 7:07:11, with Jeep’s Hanlie Booyens third in 7:20:59.

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Major coup for women's pro cycling

In a major coup for professional women’s cycling, Konica Minolta has announced that it will back an all-female team for the 2010 season.

The team – which will ride on Specialized equipment and be known as Team Bizhub – has contracted a squad of nine top national and international riders, says owner John Robertson, who was also instrumental in establishing Team Barloworld in 2003.

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SA holds on for narrow victory

South Africa hung on by the skin of their teeth to claim a famous victory against Australia in the four-day Southern Shamaal International Surfski Challenge that finished in East London on Tuesday.

After being beaten by 45 minutes last year, a young South African team showed lots of spirit to turn the tables by a mere two minutes and 17 seconds.

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