Cape Town - A 24-member national team has been
announced by Athletics South Africa for the IAAF World Championships in London to be held from August 4-13, 2017.
The final team includes all four track
and field medallists from last year's Rio Olympic Games.
World 400m record holder Wayde van
Niekerk will compete in the 200m and 400m sprints, Luvo Manyonga will turn
out in the long jump, Caster Semenya will line up in the 800m and Sunette Viljoen is in the javelin.
The national squad, which consists of
18 men and six women, will be led by ASA Track and Field chairperson, Pieter
With a strong team leading the charge,
the team will aim to improve on their impressive medal haul at the 2015 edition
of the biennial showpiece in Beijing, China where the nation bagged three
medals (one gold and two bronze).
"We believe this is one of the
strongest teams ever selected for the IAAF World Championships, and we are
confident they will return home with a bag full of medals," said ASA
president, Aleck Skhosana.
"We wish them all well with their
final preparations and we trust they will arrive in London in their best form
and ready to carry the South African flag with pride."