Simbine and Semenya to lead team SA in Absence of Van Niekerk

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Akani Simbine of South Africa.
(Photo by Anton Geyser/Gallo Images)
Akani Simbine of South Africa. (Photo by Anton Geyser/Gallo Images)

CASTER Semenya and Akani Simbine will lead Teams SA at the African Track and Field Championships scheduled to take place in Mauritius from 8-12 June. 

This was confirmed by team SA when they released their squad of 89 Athletes who will participate at the championships. 

Olympic gold medallist Wayde Van Niekerk was the notable omission in the squad. Las month Van Niekerk withdrew from the South African Athletics Championships in Cape Town due to an injury.

Semenya will participate in the women's 5 000m event alongside Kyla Jacobs. 

This will be the first time Semenya compete for SA since the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast. 

World Athletics’ gender eligibility rules, requiring her to take hormonal treatment to compete in events from the 400m to the 1,500m, were implemented in 2019.

”This is our South African team going to Mauritius to compete and do battle against our sister countries,” said the President of Athletics SA James Moloi.

“The core of the team to the World Athletics Championships in Oregon, is expected to come from here. “We congratulate all the athletes who have met the qualifying standards ad must now go and make the Rainbow Nation proud. Athletes, who have not made it here, are encouraged not to give up and keep pushing as the doors to Oregon remains open for another month. “We are all looking forward to the African Championships where the best of the continent will congregate to do battle to be best in the continent.”

Rising 800m star Prudence Sekgodiso is expected top be among athletes to watch out as well as former world junior 400m hurdles champion Zeney van der Walt.Sekgodiso qualified for the continental showpiece in both the 800m and 1,500m, will compete in only the two-lap race, where she holds the 1:58.41 world lead. 

FULL SQUAD:

Men: Akani Simbine, Henricho Bruintjies, (100m); Emile Erasmus (4x100m); Sinesipho Dambile, Clarence Munyai, Benjamin Richardson (200m); Zakithi Nene, Tumisang Shezi, Gardeo Isaacs (400m/4x400m), Tshepo Tshite, Jabulane Ncamane, Kabelo Mohlosi (800m); Ryan Mphahlele (1,500m); Mbuleli Mathanga, Elroy Gelant (10,000m); Antonio Alkana, Ruan de Vries, Rivaldo Roberts (110m hurdles); Sokwakhana Zanini, Sabelo Dhlamini, Le Roux Hamman (400m hurdles/4x400m); Ashley Smith (3,000m steeplechase); Wayne Snyman (20km walk); Mpho Links, Brian Raats (high jump); Valco van Wyk, Elmar Schutte (pole vault); Jovan van Vuuren, Cheswill Johnson (long jump); Lleyton Davids (triple jump); Kyle Blignaut, Cian de Villiers (shot put); Victor Hogan, Werner Visser (discus); Alan Cumming, Tshepang Makhethe, Renaldo Frechou (hammer throw); Johann Grobler, Phil-Mar van Rensburg, Hernu van Vuuren (javelin); Marcell de Jager, Jesse Perez (decathlon). 

Women: Carina Horn, Phindile Khubheka, Tamzin Thomas (100m/4x100m); Banele Shebang, Thomas, Mirande Coetzee (200m/4x100m); Deline Mpiti, Precious Molepo, Marlie Viljoen (400m/4x400m); Prudence Sekgodiso, Gena Lofstrand, Marli Dimond (800m); Carina Viljoen, Danielle Verster (1,500m); Caster Semenya, Kyla Jacobs (5,000m); Glenrose Xaba, Cian Oldknow, Cacisile Sosibo (10,000m); Marione Fourie, Charlize Eilerd, Marzaan Loots (100m hurdles); Zeney van der Walt, Wenda Nel, Taylon Bieldt (400m hurdles); Marissa Swanepoel (20km walk); Shanese de Klerk, Yvonne Robson, Mia Janse van Rensburg (high jump); Mire Reinstorf, Nicole Janse van Rensburg, Erica Moolman (pole vault); Danielle Nolte, Eljone Kruger, Karmen Fouche (long jump); Ischke Senekal, Dane Roets, Meike Strydom (shot put); Yolandi Stander, Riette Heyns, Zonica Lindeque (discus); Leandri Geel, Marga Cumming, Marinda Greyling (hammer throw); Jo-Ane van Dyk, Mckyla van der Westhuizen, Jana van Schalkwyk (javelin); Shannon Verster (heptathlon).

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