SASCOC recently named the 153 strong athletics team that will be representing South Africa at the 2019 African Games that commences on Friday. The Games is scheduled to take place in Morocco from 16 to31 August, so here is a quick glance at some of the athletes that will be competing.
Chederick van Wyk
The 23 year old recently took two silver medals in the 100m and 200m at the World Student Games in Napoli. Currently studying at North West University, the Prieska-born sprinter secured a 100m bronze and 200m silver medal at the South African Championships. His personal bests are 10.18 seconds for the 100m and 20.44 seconds for the 200m.
With a personal best of 45.39 seconds, the 20 year old University of Stellenbosch student is South Africa’s fastest 400m sprinter. Born and raised in Parow, he recently secured a Bronze medal at the World University Games in Napoli and a gold medal at the South African Championships.
For the past few years, the 29 year has been South Africa’s top ranked 110m hurdler and recently showed his form by taking the gold medal at the South African Championships. He is currently ranked 11th in the world and will be going into the African Games as the defending champion.
Recently, the 26 year old 400m hurdling specialist became the first South African since 2016 to dip under the 49 second barrier. At 48.81 seconds, he set a personal best and went on to win the 400m hurdle title at the South African Championships for the second consecutive year. Up until last year, Lindsay has had trouble with form due to several injuries, but a change in his training routine has seen him regain that form.
The 19 year High Jumper made media waves when he won gold at the Under 18 World Championships in 2017. He continued building on his form by winning the SA Under 20 Championships, the SA University Championships, the African Under 20 Championships and the World Under 20 Championships. This progression in form was evident at the recent World University Championships when he took 4th place, the youngest of the top 4 performers. His closest competitor was 24 year old bronze winner, Adrijus Glebauskas, with the gold going to 25 year old Tihomir Ivanov. The young athlete’s current progression makes him a future Olympic contender to be reckoned with.
The 21 year old University of the Western Cape student has been blazing a trail on the South African sprinting circuit. She recently won a 200m silver medal at the South African University Championships and topped that by becoming the national gold medal champion at the South African Championships. Her personal bests are 11.41 seconds in the 100m and 23.12 seconds in the 200m. She also won gold at the under 20 African Champs in 2015.
The 19 year old is still far away from reaching his peak, but his performance in the 50m breaststroke suggests that he is one of the best Olympic prospects going forward. He is generally ranked near the top with his closest competitors being several years his senior. This year alone, he broke two records, making him the 6th fastest swimmer at the time. He also took silver at the World University Games in Napoli, with the gold medal going to 23 year old Russian Olympian, Kirill Prigoda.
A relative newcomer to the more senior side, not much is known about this young man. What we do know is that he was born in Johannesburg, attended Plymouth College in the UK and was part of its Leander Swimming Club, the top swimming club in the UK. We also know that he recently competed in the South African Nationals for the first time and won a silver medal in the Elite Youth Championships.
The 23 year old is the country’s top 200m breaststroke champ, having won this year’s gold medal in the event at the South African National Championships. At the same event, he won a silver medal in both the 50 and 100 meter breaststroke. He won the national championship’s silver medal for the 100m breaststroke in 2017 and progressed to the gold medal in 2018.
Note: We left out some names due to a lack of information on the particular persons. We hope to be able to find more information on these persons in the future.