Athletics: Latest News
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.
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.”