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South Africa are confident of medal success


A strong South African athletics team are aiming to surpass the 11 medals they won at the last Commonwealth Games.

Hestrie Cloete

World champion Hestrie Cloete

They are hoping to bring home up to 15 medals with more golds then ever before.

In the high jump reigning world champion Hestrie Cloete is joined by young menís 2002 sensation, Jacques Freitag, while champion Polevaulter, Okkert Brits is aiming not just to win but to beat his own record as well.

In the menís 400m hurdles, the powerful pair of Llewellyn Herbert and Alwyn Myburgh are expecting to race for a one-two for the gold and silver, respectively, and Herbert is also hoping for a medal from a strong 4x400 metre line up.

Also on the track, the 2001 World Championship 4x100 silver medallists, now include an even more powerful and experienced Morne Nagel.

Sydney Olympic finalist Heide Quinn, is in close contention over one lap as is Hendrik Mokganyetsi,her impressive fellow Olympian. Powerful high hurdler Shaun Bownes who has had a great season so far is an even bigger contender in his chosen event.

Sprinter Marcus le Grange is running for gold in a range of distances from 100 Ė 400 metres, and World and Olympic silver medallist, Hezekiel Sepeng is also confident of a medal in the 800 meters.

In the throwing events big Frantz Kruger in the discus and Janus Robberts in the shot are aiming for success.

There are no serious male contenders in the 1 500m, 5 000m and 10 000m track events and this is something the team are working on for Athens 2004.

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