Athletics: Latest News
Peter Pedroncelli, 9:50 am AFKI Original
South African running sensation Wayde van Niekerk made a global name for himself at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio by winning the men’s 400m gold in world record time. To celebrate the achievement of South Africa’s newest sports hero, we take a closer look at 15 things you may not know about South African athlete, Wayde van Niekerk.
Peter Pedroncelli, 5:26 am
South African Wayde Van Niekerk stole the Olympic spotlight with a phenomenal men’s 400m victory at Rio 2016 on Sunday, setting a new world record in the event and earning his country’s first Olympic gold medal at the competition. The 24-year-old was thrilled with his accomplishment, as he managed to break the 17-year record held by American Michael Johnson with a time of 43.03 seconds in the one-lap race.
Dana Sanchez, 9:54 pm
So what’s a gold medal worth, besides fame and your name in the history books? Top athletes in the most popular sports can rack up millions through endorsements, sponsorships and paid appearances. Swimmer Michael Phelps has a reported net worth of $55 million. Some countries, including the U.K., don’t offer cash bonuses to medalists. South Africa will pay an estimated $36,000 for a gold medal — that’s less than the estimated $25,000 paid by the U.S.
Kevin Mwanza, 8:44 am
Doping and corruption allegations are threatening to destroy Kenya’s chances at the ongoing Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil after a second ‘Team Kenya’ official was sent home for posing as a runner during a doping test. John Anzrah, a former sprinter and part of the coaching staff was found in possession of the accreditation badge of Ferguson Rotich, an 800 meters runner who was set to undergo an out-of-competition doping test, before competing in the preliminary round later on Friday.
Peter Pedroncelli, 6:37 am AFKI Original
South Africa’s Olympic team is currently in Brazil for the Rio 2016 Games, with numerous medal hopefuls amongst the group of athletes sent to represent the country this year. With a variety of sports in play, Team SA are determined to do well in Brazil. Here are 12 things you should know about South Africa’s Olympic team.
Staff, 6:50 am
In the past four Olympics, Kenyan athletes have won 39 medals. Most people, however, are unlikely to be able to name the person arguably most responsible for mining this rich seam of success. To be fair, they would be forgiven. Colm O’Connell is not a former champion, has never even been a runner and has no coaching qualifications. He has never courted the limelight; indeed he has never been to an Olympics or world championships. The retired geography teacher from rural County Cork in Ireland is a balding 67-year-old missionary
Peter Pedroncelli, 6:30 am AFKI Original
South Africa is eyeing a record medal haul at the 2016 Olympics, sending a strong team of 137 athletes to Brazil in an effort to write a new page in South African sporting history. The 2016 Games get underway in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Friday, August 5, with athletes from around the globe having descended on the South American country in preparation for the two-week multi-sport competition.
Dana Sanchez, 10:03 am
She and other athletes like her may present one of the greatest dilemmas for the perception of fairness in sports. No longer required to take hormones to reduce her testosterone levels, Semenya, 25, is at the top of her game. Her speed puts her at the heart of healthy debate related to gender, athletics and human rights. Track observers believe she is hyperandrogenous, her body naturally producing a lot of testosterone. There is no such thing as a level playing field, said an athlete who has competed against Semenya.
Peter Pedroncelli, 10:00 am AFKI Original
The Rio 2016 Olympic Games are only days away, and Olympic contingents have been finalised. With strict qualification criteria applied to all of the disciplines in the multi-sport event, qualifying to take part is no easy feat, and large African teams going to Rio can be very proud of their achievements. We take a look at 12 of the African countries who are bringing large Olympic teams to Rio 2016.
Peter Pedroncelli, 8:49 am AFKI Original
An increasing number of sports personalities across the globe are active on social media in order to connect with their fans and sporting peers. Olympians are no different, and with the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio only a matter of days away, following the social media accounts of these individuals makes for interesting reading and viewing. We take a look at 8 of the South African Olympians who are active on social media.