Oscar makes SA team | SASCOC - SASCOC
SEARCH
SASCOC

Oscar makes SA team

Oscar Pistorius’s dream of running the able-bodied Olympics in London next year came a step closer on Monday when he was included in the final team to represent South Africa at the IAAF World Athletics Championships in Daegu, South Korea later this month, writes Mark Etheridge.

The “Blade Runner” qualified for World Championships with a 45.07 second personal best over 400 metres in Livagno, Italy last month, the only South African to achieve the A standard.

Pistorius, a Paralympic legend in his own right, will also be part of a 4x400m relay squad, along with Ofentse Mogowane, Willie de Beer, Shane Victor and hurdles experts LJ van Zyl and Cornell Fredericks.

A provisional team of 21 was announced last month and Monday’s announcement is just a fine tuning of that team. The 27-strong squad will be made up for 22 men and five women.┬áThe one athlete to drop out of the provisional team was Free State sprinter Wayde van Niekerk who injured a hamstring at nationals in Durban and then aggravated it again at African junior championships in Botswana.

The team is a well-balanced one with established stars of the international circuit in the form of Khotso Mokoena, Mbulaeni Mulaudzi, LJ van Zyl and Caster Semenya being balanced by the fact that just under half the group will be making their World Championships debut.

Athletics South Africa President James Evans said he was excited at the team’s prospects. “This team has been chosen totally on merit according to all the correct selection criteria and there no ‘passengers’.

“I’d like to think that most of this team will make the second round and beyond in their respective events. We’ve taken the liberty of adding a few extra guys in the 4x400m relay because LJ, Cornel and Lebogang have heats in their specialist events on the same day as the relay.

“What’s exciting is that we can see a pattern developing where we are consistently strong in some events, namely the men’s 400m hurdles, our sprints are looking good as are the javelin and the horizontal jumps.

“I’m also looking forward to Wenda Theron in the 400m hurdles. She’s never truly been tested at this level and this is another event where we are expecting big things in the future.”

The full SA team for Daegu:
Men: Simon Magakwe (100m, 4×100 relay), Thuso Mpuang (200m, 4×100 relay), Oscar Pistorius (400m, 4x400m relay), Mbulaeni Mulaudzi (800m), Elroy Gelant (5000m), Stephen Mokoka (10,000m), Lehann Fourie (110m hurdles), LJ van Zyl (400m hurdles, 4×400 relay), Cornel Fredericks (400m hurdles, 4×400 relay), Ruben Ramolefi (3000m steeplechase), Luvo Manyonga (long jump), Khotso Mokoena (long jump), Thumelo Tagane (triple jump), Robert Oosthuizen (javelin), Willem Coertzen (decathlon), Roscoe Engel (4×100 relay), Hannes Dreyer (4×100 relay), Lebogang Moeng (4×100 relay), Gideon Trotter (4×100 reserve), Ofentse Mogowane (4×400 relay), Willie de Beer (4×400 relay), Shane Victor (4×400 relay)
Women: Caster Semenya (800m), Wenda Theron (400m hurdles), Sunette Viljoen and Justine Robbeson (both javelin), Simone du Toit (shot put)


6 comments
LL
LL

Happy Womens Month to Caster & Co. Give yourself a blastful end of Women's Month abroad,no pressure Ladies,just do and give your best,that's all SA wants to see and the entire nation is behind you!

LL Claire
LL Claire

All the best to Team SA! U can do it,so just go out there and execute! Hope to see a bigger number than 27 in the future.

Brandon
Brandon

I dont care what the haters say you are a hero Oscar show the world what South-Africa can do

Wilfred
Wilfred

Harold is correct, there are more than 1 athlete to congratulate, why only Oscar. By-the-way, I'm so glad Ms Semenya is also part of the team. Thanks to Ramaala for selecting the distance athletes. He is a legend.

Harold
Harold

Why congratulate Oscar. He has an advantage over the advantaged athletes, according to Dr Ross Tucker and other scientists. Broer, I'm so dissapointed in you. What happened to transformation in Athletics? It probably left with Chuene