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Caster Semenya will not form part of the South African team to do duty at the 17th African track and field championships in Nairobi from 28 July to 1 August.

The world 800-metre champion was recently cleared to compete by the sport’s governing body the IAAF but after consultation between Athletics South Africa and her coach Michael Seme it was agreed that she will work toward qualifying for the Commonwealth Gams in India in October.

But Semenya’s fellow World 800m champion Mbulaeni Mulaudzi will very much be part of the 42-strong team, as will Commonwealth Games javelin gold medallist Sunette Viljoen and All-Africa hammer throw record-holder Chris Harmse.

At the previous continental showpiece held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia two years ago, SA finished top of the medal standings with a total of 22 medals (12 gold, two silver and eight bronze).

Other athletics heroes of the Ethiopian campaign who will make the trip to Nairobi in search of further success include defending champions Viljoen, Harmse, LJ van Zyl (400m hurdles) and Elizna Naude (discus throw).

Thuso Mpuang and Hannes Dreyer, are the two remaining gold medallists from SA’s 4 x 100 metres relay success in Ethiopia who will travel to Kenyan in a bid to retain their title.┬áThe rest of the relay squad will be made up of Simon Magakwe, United States-based Lehann Fourie and Leigh Julius.

SA team for Nairobi
Men:
Simon Magakwe  (ACNW) 100m/200m, Hannes Dreyer (AGN) 100m, Ofentse Mogawane (ACNW) 400m, Mbulaeni Mulaudzi (CGA) 800m, Windy Jonas (AFS) 800m, Juan van Deventer (CGA) 1500m, Johan Cronje (AFS) 1500m, Peter van der Westhuizen (US-based, CGA) 1500m, Tshamano Setone (CGA) 5000m, Ruben Ramolefi (CGA) 3000m steeplechase, Edwin Molepo (ACNW) 3000m steeplechase, Lehann Fourie (US-based) 110m hurdles, Ruan de Vries (AGN) 110m hurdles, Cornel Fredericks (BOL) 400m hurdles, LJ van Zyl (AGN) 400m hurdles, Thami Hlatshwayo (AGN) 20km walk, Sors Joubert (BOL) decathlon, Khotso Mokoena (AGN) long jump, Luvo Manyonga (BOL) long jump, Tumelo Thagane (ACNW) triple jump, Roelie Potgieter (AGN) shot put, Burger Lambrechts (AGN) shot put, Orazio Cremona (AGN) shot put, Victor Hogan (BOL) discus, Chris Harmse (AFS) Hammer, Hardus Pienaar (AGN) Javelin, Ulrich Damon (ACNW) Javelin, Tobie Holtzhauzen (ACNW) javelin, 4 x 100m relay (from): Thuso Mpuang, Leigh Julius, Simon Magakwe, Hannes Dreyer, Lehann Fourie

Women: Estie Wittstock (AGN 200m/400m, Carina Horn (AGN) 200m, Mapaseka Makanya (CGA)  800m, Rene Kalmer (CGA) 1500m, Tebogo Masehla (CGA) 3000m steeplechase, Myrette Filmalter (AGN)  3000m steeplechase, Janet Wienand (BOL) heptathlon, Nicole Oftner (BOL) heptathlon, Cindy Peters (CGA) triple jump, Elizna Naude (AGN) discus, Sunette Viljoen (ACNW) javelin, Justine Robbeson (ACNW) javelin


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Track Enthusiast
Track Enthusiast

? Another shocker!!! Where's the 4x400m mens team and the women's 4 x 100m relay team. And once again so few women??? Medals are improtant but if we are looking towards building for 2012 in Londons then we need to build our relay teams. look at the teams that have medalled in the Olympics and World Championships without a single sprinter in the final or semi-final of the individual event.....Just a thought? For 12 in 2012 we need to capitalise on many of the technical events where anything can happen!!! Build the sport ASA buid it!