La­ban claims KZN colours

Post - - SPORT - CHAR­LENE SOMDUTH

PHOENIX school­boy sprinter La­ban Reddy is ready­ing him­self for the dash of his life later this month.

Two ex­plo­sive per­for­mances in the 100m and 200m sprints dur­ing last month’s schools’ in­ter-zonal ath­let­ics meet­ing at the Kings Park ath­let­ics track, earned the 13-year-old his KZN colours. He won both races.

La­ban will turn out for the KZN team at the in­ter-pro­vin­cial cham­pi­onships in Potchef­stroom on Novem­ber 24.

His im­pres­sive show­ing each year at Clayridge Pri­mary School’s ath­let­ics meet­ings and then at the zone com­pe­ti­tions was con­fir­ma­tion of his po­ten­tial as a sprinter.

“I have won 20 com­pe­ti­tions. In­ter­school, in­ter-zone, Pine­town district and KwaZulu-Na­tal champs,” said La­ban.

His fa­ther, Den­zil, said the time La­ban spent with ex­pe­ri­enced Ath­let­ics South Africa coach Lux Gord­han in re­cent months had been sig­nif­i­cant.

“La­ban eas­ily won both the 100m and 200m at the in­ter-zonal meet­ing last month,” said Den­zil.

Ex­cited about his KZN call-up, La­ban said that in or­der to pre­pare for the com­pe­ti­tion he trained three times a week and en­sured he ate bal­anced meals filled with pro­tein.

Lab­ban said he drew in­spi­ra­tion from Wayde van Niek­erk, South African’s track-and-field sprinter and a reign­ing world and Olympic cham­pion.

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La­ban Reddy is on track for big­ger things in ath­let­ics.

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