Athletics: Latest News
Peter Pedroncelli, 6:20 am
World 400m champion Wayde van Niekerk has been given the honour of leading Team South Africa as the Olympic flag bearer at the opening ceremony for Rio 2016. The 24-year-old athlete will carry the South African flag into the stadium during the opening of the Olympic Games in Brazil, leading a team of 137 athletes and sportspeople into the venue that will see him challenge for medals.
Peter Pedroncelli, 4:34 am
Werner Prinsloo, the coach of South African sprinting sensation Akani Simbine is beaming with pride after the athlete broke the national 100m men’s record while beating Jamaica’s Asafa Powell. The victory and record came during a race at the Istvan Gyulai Memorial Track and Field competition in Budapest, Hungary on Monday night.
Peter Pedroncelli, 6:24 am AFKI Original
Sprinter Akani Simbine has broken the South African 100m sprint record during a race at the Istvan Gyulai Memorial Track and Field competition in Budapest, Hungary on Monday night. With the Olympic Games in Rio only a few weeks away, Simbine put in a stellar performance to beat Jamaican sprinting icon Asafa Powell with a new SA record time of 9.89.
Peter Pedroncelli, 7:00 am
South African athlete Caster Semenya can be feeling extremely confident ahead of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio this August, as her form has been absolutely scintillating in the run up to the competition in Brazil. Adding to previous top performances during the course of this year, Semenya dominated her race of choice in Monaco over the weekend at the most recent Diamond League event.
Peter Pedroncelli, 5:27 am
With the 2016 Olympics in Rio taking place next month, the 137 competitors that will represent Team South Africa were announced by the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee at an event in Johannesburg. This represents a large South African team for the Olympic games, and they will hold the hopes of a nation with an ambitious aim to achieve 10 medals in Brazil. By way of comparison, South Africa earned six medals at London 2012.
Kevin Mwanza, 3:28 am
It’s this legacy that two entrepreneur, Kenyan-born Navalayo Osembo and American Weldon Kennedy, are seeking to tap in creating a specialty running shoe company called Enda ( meaning “Go” in Kiswahili). “(We want) to create a way through which Kenya can economically benefit from the running industry, given its reputation on distance running,” Osembo, who hails from the Rift Valley town of Eldoret that has produced some of the world beating athletes.
Peter Pedroncelli, 8:38 am
Britain’s Anti-Doping Agency has opened an investigation looking into alleged claims that doctors in Kenya made illegal performance enhancing drugs available to British athletes. The claims have been levelled by the Sunday Times of London newspaper in conjunction with German television channel ARD, with hidden camera footage allegedly showing two Kenyan doctors and another person known to them claiming that they had provided Kenyan and British athletes with a banned blood-boosting drug called EPO
Dana Sanchez, 12:11 pm
A sympathetic judge handed down a six-year sentence reflecting the belief that Pistorius is guilty of an accidental murder, not one with intent. “He’s a fallen hero who has lost his career and is ruined financially,” the judge said. The public is less sympathetic to Pistorius and likely to be angered by the sentencing. “Women’s lives are worth absolutely nothing,” one woman tweeted. A higher court described the case as “a human tragedy of Shakespearean proportions.”
Peter Pedroncelli, 6:40 am AFKI Original
The 2016 Rio Olympics see the return of a number of African Olympians who are looking to improve on or add to their previous performances at the summer games. There is an elite group of African athletes and sportsmen and women who have managed to win medals in past Olympics, and who are now attempting to add to their personal medal tallies in Brazil this August.
Peter Pedroncelli, 5:00 am AFKI Original
The 2016 Rio Olympics provide an opportunity for African countries to earn medals for Olympic sports in competition with the best athletes and sportsmen and women from around the world. With this in mind, we take a closer look at 8 Olympic sports that teams from the African continent will likely excel at.