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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, 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.
Peter Pedroncelli, 6:38 am AFKI Original
A selection of South African and Kenyan athletes have been included in the list of nominees for the 2016 International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Athlete of the Year awards. A list of 10 men and 10 women was revealed by the world athletics body this week, including the likes of sprint king Usain Bolt and Britain’s Mo Farah.
Peter Pedroncelli, 6:18 am AFKI Original
Track stars Wayde van Niekerk and Caster Semenya were the star performers during a spectacular 2016 season for South African athletics. Semenya closed out a superb campaign last week with her maiden victory in an international 400m race at the IAAF Diamond League final in Brussels, clocking a career best of 50.40 seconds, after winning the 800m race at the penultimate leg of the series to lift the overall crown.
Keren Mikva, 10:13 pm
Caster Semenya, 25, won Olympic gold in the 800 meters as expected, but all anyone wanted to talk about was gender. Semenya was subjected to gender testing, sidelined for 11 months and eventually allowed to compete in 2010. She has been diagnosed with hyperandrogenism — testosterone levels that exceed the majority of women. New regulations in 2011 required female athletes to take testosterone-lowering medication if their natural levels are above a certain point. The rules were suspended in July 2015 for two years.
Staff, 10:53 am
Former Olympic champion Haile Gebrselassie of Ethiopia believes improvements in technology are allowing athletes to run faster. Just halfway through the track and field programmeat the Rio Olympicsin Brazil, two world records have already been broken — the 10,000 metres and the 400 metres.
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, 9:28 am
Akani Simbine has shown form and determination to convince onlookers of his ability as a sprinter, and his potential to medal at Rio 2016. Only two South African sprinters have been able to earn a medal in the 100 metres at previous Olympic Games, but the 22-year-old may be capable of changing that.
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, 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.
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