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Athletics: Latest News
Peter Pedroncelli, 2:20 am
Wayde van Niekerk will have an opportunity to attempt a rare World Championship double, after the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) cleared the way for him to run the 200m and 400m events at the IAAF World Championships, to be held in London between 4-13 August 2017. The development follows a special request made by Athletics South Africa (ASA), after Van Niekerk showed interest in attempting the rare double.
Peter Pedroncelli, 10:46 am
South African coastal city Durban will no longer host the 2022 Commonwealth Games in five year’s time, as the city did not meet financial demands levied by the Commonwealth Games Federation. Durban was officially chosen as the host for the 2022 Commonwealth Games at the Federation’s general assembly in New Zealand last year in April. According to the South African government the decision was set to benefit the country’s economy with around $1.49 billion expected to be injected into the country.
Peter Pedroncelli, 3:57 am
German motor racer Nico Rosberg was recognised ahead of South African sprinter Wayde van Niekerk this week in a tight contest for the Breakthrough of the Year award at the Laureus World Sport Awards in Monaco. Pundits and fans of sport are divided regarding whether Rosberg deserved to win it over the other nominees, but the fastest man of all time, Usain Bolt, is in no doubt as to who the recipient should have been.
Kurt Davis Jr., 10:56 am AFKI Original
Kenya has long been known for fantastic athletes, but not so much for entrepreneurs focused on the business of fitness. Kenya-born Saloni Kantaria Mathur ranked No. 1 in Kenyan women’s tennis and studied law in the U.S. before starting an indoor cycling studio in Nairobi. The Reform brand is unmistakably Kenyan and it’s not your average gym experience. Reform integrates live-streamed performance data tech into classes, bringing the competitive instinct into the workout. Mathur shared with AFKInsider what she learned as a female African fitness entrepreneur.
Peter Pedroncelli, 3:54 am
South Africa’s world 400m champion sprinter Wayde van Niekerk has been nominated in the Breakthrough of the Year category for the Laureus World Sports Awards. Van Niekerk, who set a new world record of 43.03 seconds to win 400m gold at last year’s Rio Olympic Games, was nominated alongside Ethiopian distance runner Almaz Ayana, Formula One driver Nico Rosberg, the Fiji national rugby sevens team, the Iceland national team and Leicester City.
Dana Sanchez, 5:26 pm
South Africans supported Semenya overwhelmingly on social media with the hashtag #handsoffcaster during the Rio Olympics. She experienced open hostility and protests from other runners who said the race was unfair because they were competing against a man. Semenya was born without ovaries. Instead she has internal testes and testosterone levels three times higher than most women. “If I was a woman 800-meter runner right now, I’d be looking to change careers,” a sports scientist said. SA is the only African country where same-sex marriage is legal.
Peter Pedroncelli, 3:23 am AFKI Original
The year 2016 has provided African sports fans with numerous moments to be proud of, with many African Sporting highlights that stand out after reflecting on the year that was. Sport can always be relied upon to lift the spirits of fans, and give everyone something to celebrate, even during difficult times. That is the beauty of sport. We gathered 15 highlights in African sport from the year 2016.
Peter Pedroncelli, 6:26 am
South African Wayde van Niekerk said that he was delighted with his 2016 season, after being shortlisted among the finalists for the International Association of Athletics Federations Male World Athlete of the Year award. The accolade was given to Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt at a gala function in Monaco by the athletics world body.
Peter Pedroncelli, 4:05 am
South Africa has reaffirmed their commitment to hosting the 2022 Commonwealth Games in the coastal city of Durban, despite failing to adhere to certain key deadlines this week. Durban was officially chosen as the host for the 2022 Commonwealth Games at the Federation’s general assembly in New Zealand this April.
Peter Pedroncelli, 4:44 am AFKI Original
The South African ultra-marathon team was on fire this past weekend, as Bongumusa Mthembu secured a second place finish overall, allowing the South Africans to triumph in the team standings at the IAU 100km World Championships in Los Alcazares, Spain on Sunday.