Athletics: Latest News
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.
Peter Pedroncelli, 5:41 am
The South African National Lotteries Commission has thrown their financial support behind Team SA ahead of the Olympic games in Rio this August, committing funds to support those representing the country in Brazil in the form of a partnership between The National Lotteries Commission and the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee.
Julia Austin, 6:46 pm AFKI Original
Several African countries have major players in the global tennis scene. At one point, Morocco had three of the 30 best players in the world. Wayne Ferreira was born in Johannesburg and lives in Berkeley, California. He turned pro in 1989 and since then has won just shy of $10 million in prize money for singles and doubles combined. In 1992 Ferreira was the first South African to win an Olympic tennis medal in 32 years when he took home the bronze at Barcelona.
South African athlete Caster Semenya was an example to her fellow athletes at the 20th Confederation of African Athletes’ African Senior Championships in Durban over the last few days, winning all three of her events in preparation for the Rio Olympics. Semenya, who will be amongst the South Africans expected to return from Brazil with a medal, was in scintillating form in all three of the races she took part in at the African Championships.
Julia Austin, 9:22 am AFKI Original
The country’s institutions of higher learning have incubated great minds and nurtured personalities that went on to fame and fortune. South African anti-apartheid hero President Nelson Mandela attended the University of Witwatersrand where he studied law. It was here that Mandela was exposed to liberal, radical and Africanist thought. He spent six years at Wits from 1943 to 1948. The discrimination Mandela experienced during this time was so severe, he was forced to leave before completing his degree.
Peter Pedroncelli, 5:27 am
South African female athlete Caster Semenya is using the 20th Confederation of African Athletes’ African Senior Championships in Durban this week to make decisions concerning the Olympic events she will take part in at Rio 2016. The 2009 world 800m champion and London 2012 silver medallist has been working hard to win the gold medal at the upcoming Olympics in Brazil, and recent form is certainly in her favour, as she has won three successive IAAF Diamond League races.
Peter Pedroncelli, 10:20 am AFKI Original
The 2016 Rio Olympics are fast approaching, and potential South African medallists are amongst the elite athletes hoping to make the most of their sporting talents and hard work in Brazil. We take a closer look at 8 potential medallists that will represent South Africa at the 2016 Rio Olympics, and the sports in which they hope to make their mark.
Lillian Mutiso, 5:25 am AFKI Original
Julius ‘YouTube Athlete’ is a Kenyan field athlete in Javelin. He is the current African and Commonwealth Games record holder, Africa and World champion in Men’s Javelin. He is one of the favorites for the gold medal in Men’s Javelin in the Olympic Games set for 5-21 August, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Below are 10 things you probably didn’t know about the Kenyan athlete.
Lillian Mutiso, 5:26 am AFKI Original
The 31st edition of the Olympic Games will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from 5th August to 21st August, 2016. African athletes have dominated the middle and long-distance races at the Games since inception in 1896. Just as in other championships like World Athletics Championships and International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Diamond League circuit, they are expected to dominate over the middle and long-distances at the Rio Games.
Lillian Mutiso, 4:42 am AFKI Original
African athletes are renowned for their middle and long-distance dominance at past Olympics editions. Several top athletes from the continent are however going to miss the prestigious sporting championships, mainly for doping violations, injuries, fear of Zika virus infections and decisions by their countries to leave them out of their national teams.