Antonio Alkana, top 110m Hurdles athlete of the Bellville Athletics Club and Western Province Athletics, leaves Cape Town on 30 May 2018 to compete at various track and field meetings in Europe during the next 4 months.
During the 2017 season Antonio ran a personal best and an African record time of 13.11 at a permit meeting in Prague. Based on this performance, Antonio finished in the 7th place on the IAAF world rankings for 110m hurdles in 2018.
According to his coach, Marcél Otto, Antonio is injury free and training well. Antonio is also psychologically very positive and looking forward to improving his best time during the four months he will be spending in Europe in 2018. He will be using Germany as his base to travel to the various meetings.
Peet van Zyl (Antonios’ Manager) confirmed Antonio will be competing at the following meetings:
4 June Euro Permit Prague, Czech Republic
13 June IAAF World Challenge Ostrava, Czech Republic
19 June Euro Permit Montreuil, France
30 June DIAMOND LEAGUE Paris, France
21/22 July DIAMOND LEAGUE London, UK
More meetings may be added to his itinerary once he starts competing in Europe.
As the ASA Champion and top 110m Hurdler in SA and Africa, Antonio will most likely also compete for the ASA team or the African continental team at the IAAF Athletics World Cup in London, UK (13/14 July), the CAA African Senior Championships in Asaba, Nigeria (1-5 August) and the IAAF Continental Cup in Ostrava, Czech Republic (8/9 September).
Antonio will be competing in the colours of the Bellville Athletics Club whilst in Europe and he is responsible for his own expenses. Antonio is grateful to the WPA Board and the WPA Development Commission for the financial contribution towards his expenses.
Picture Credit: Roger Sedres