Johannesburg - Benefiting from Athletics South Africa's (ASA) extended qualifying deadline,
Caster Semenya has been included in a 31-member squad for the IAAF World
Championships in Beijing from August 22-30.
Semenya made a last-gasp attempt at attaining the qualifying standard in the 800m, posting 2:00.72 to book her place for the championships at a meeting in
Linz, Austria at the end of July.
African discus thrower Victor Hogan, who finished in a creditable fifth at the previous championships in Moscow, was also a late addition to the squad.
has selected a strong squad for the global showpiece which include 14 athletes
that are national record-holders in their respective events.
of the athletes rank among the top-eight in the world this season with women’s
javelin thrower Sunette Viljoen boasting the leading heave this year
with the 66.62m throw she launched in Melbourne in March.
sensation Wayde van Niekerk, who became the first African to break through the
44-second barrier in the 400m, will go into the championships with the third
fastest time this year.
one-lap sprinter also posted the sixth fastest 200m time this year with his
national record of 19.94.
will, however, only focus on the 400m with London Olympic
finalist Anaso Jobodwana flying South Africa’s flag in the half-lap sprint with
his 20.04 ranked the 12th fastest this year.
Olympics decathlete Willem Coertzen's latest South African record of 8 398
points in the combined events is the sixth best in the world this season.
African long jump record holder Khotso Mokoena will be accompanied by rising
stars Zarck Visser and Ruswahl Samaai.
the Commonwealth Games silver medallist is the number-two ranked long jumper
this season with his personal best leap of 8.41m, with Ruswahl Samaai’s 8.38m
jump from nationals in April the fourth best this year.
squad includes five former world championships medallists with Semenya,
Mokoena, Johan Cronje, Viljoen and LJ van Zyl named in the squad.
Africa returned from the previous edition in Moscow with only Cronje getting
onto the podium with his bronze-medal run in the 1 500m.
record holders in the men’s 100m, Henricho Bruintjies and Akani Simbine, will be
running in the short sprint, while the former will also be participating in the 200m.
six women qualified for the championships with Viljoen, Semenya, Carina Horn
(100m), Justine Palframan (200m/400m), Semenya, Wenda Nel (400m hurdles), and
Tanith Maxwell (marathon) joining the 25 men on the flight to Beijing.
Henricho Bruintjies (100m), Akani Simbine (100m/200m), Anaso Jobodwana
(100m/200m), Wayde van Niekerk (400m), Berend Koekemoer (400m), Rynardt van
Rensburg (800m), Johan Cronje (1 500m), Stephen Mokoka (10 000m), Antonio
Alkana (110m hurdles), LJ van Zyl (400m hurdles), Cornel Fredericks (400m
hurdles), Zarck Visser (long jump), Ruswahl Samaai (long jump), Khotso Mokoena
(long jump/triple jump), Orazio Cremona (shot put), Jaco Engelbrecht (shot
put), Victor Hogan (discus throw), Rocco van Rooyen (javelin throw), Willem
Coertzen (decathlon), Lebogang Shange (20km walk), Marc Mundell (50km walk),
Benedict Moeng (marathon), Desmond Mokgobu (marathon), Lucas Jani (marathon),
Sibusiso Nzima (marathon)
Carina Horn (100m), Justine Palframan (200m/400m), Caster Semenya (800m), Wenda
Nel (400m hurdles), Sunette Viljoen (javelin throw), Tanith Maxwell (marathon)