South African Athletics

Comical scenes as ASA add to World Champs squad

2017-07-28 10:16
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Cape Town - Following further invitations by the IAAF, Athletics South Africa (ASA) has revised its team list of athletes increasing the total number to 29 members to compete at the World Championships in London to be held between August 4-13.

Discus thrower Victor Hogan is back on the team. Rikenette Steenkamp who narrowly missed out on the 100m hurdles IAAF qualifying criteria, was the other invited by the global body to participate in their specialist events after being selected to fill "quotas" in order to complete the fields in these respective disciplines.

Hogan was initially dropped after IAAF had rejected his inclusion as African champion due to his suspension for a banned substance that subsequently nullified his records over that period.

The team will be spearheaded by 400m world record holder Wayde van Niekerk and Olympic 800m champion Caster Semenya.

While some team members are already in Europe, where they are based during the international season, the majority of the squad will depart SA shores for the English capital on Monday evening.

"Good luck to every athlete who has been selected to compete at the 16th edition of the IAAF World Championships," said ASA President, Aleck Skhosana.

"Following spectacular performances by the teams which participated at the 2016 Rio Olympics, the 2017 CAA African Under-20 Championships and the 2017 IAAF World Under-18 Championships, we believe this team will again represent our country with pride and we call on each of them to give their best."

29-strong SA team for the IAAF World Championships in London from August 4-13:

Men 

100m

Akani Simbine, Thando Roto

200m 

Akani Simbine, Wayde van Niekerk, Clarence Munyai

400m 

Wayde van Niekerk, Pieter Conradie

10 000m

Stephen Mokoka

Marathon

April Lusapho, Sibusiso Nzima, Desmond Mokgobu

110m hurdles

Antonio Alkana

Long Jump

Luvo Manyonga, Ruswahl Samaai, Zarck Visser

Shot Put

Oratio Cremona, Jaco Engelbrecht

Discus

Victor Hogan

Javelin

Rocco van Rooyen

20km walk

Shange Lebogang

Women

100m

Carina Horn

200m

Justine Palframan

800m

Caster Semenya, Gena Lofstrand

1 500m

Caster Semenya

Marathon

Mapaseka Makhanya, Jenna Challenor

100m hurdles

Rikenette Steenkamp

400m hurdles

Wenda Nel 

Javelin

Sunette Viljoen

4x400m relay

Justine Palframan, Gena Lofstrand, Ariane Nel, Zoe Engler, Caster Semenya, Wenda Nel

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