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SA squad named for 2015 World Athletics Championships
- Updated: May 19, 2015
A large squad of 63 athletes (42 men and 21 women) has been named by Athletics South Africa to take part in the IAAF World Athletics Championships in Bejing, China later this year, writes Mark Etheridge.
The squad includes new SA 200m record holder Anaso Jobodwana, who ran 20.06sec in the United States at the weekend.
It also features Johan Cronje who won a bronze medal in the 1500m at the last world championships in Russia two years ago.
Akani Simbine doubles up in the 100/200m sprints while Wayde van Niekerk will do the 200/400m double.
New 5,000m track champion Stephen Mokoka has been entered in three events, the 5000 and 10,000m track events and also the marathon.
The women’s squad has double national champion Justine Palframan in the 200 and 400m events while 2009 world champion and 2012 Olympic silver medallist Caster Semenya in the 800m.
The women’s marathon has no fewer than six competitors and there are four race walkers (Wayne Snyman, Lebogang Shange, 2012 Olympian Marc Mundell and Anel Oosthuizen).
The championships will be staged over two days, 22-23 August. This is not a final squad and the final IAAF qualifying deadline is 10 August.
Men: Akani Simbine (100m/200m), Roscoe Engel (100m), Henrico Bruintjies (100m), Gideon Trotter (100m), Anaso Jobodwana (200m), Wayde van Niekerk (200m/400m), Lebogang Moeng (200m), Barend Koekemoer (400m), Ofentse Mogawane (400m), Jon Seeliger (400m), Andre Olivier (800m), Rynardt van Rensburg (800m), Johan Cronje (1 500m), Dumisani Hlaselo (1 500m), Jerry Motsau (1 500m), Stephen Mokoka (5 000m/10 000m/marathon), Dikotsi Lekopa (3 000m steeplechase), Tumisang Monnatlala (3 000m steeplechase), Antonio Alkana (110m hurdles), Ruan de Vries (110m hurdles), Cornel Fredericks (400m hurdles), LJ van Zyl (400m hurdles), Wouter le Roux (400m hurdles), Mpho Links (high jump), Chris Moleya (high jump), Cheyne Rahme (pole vault), Eben Beukes (pole vault), Heinrich Smit (pole vault), Zarck Visser (long jump) Ruswahl Samaai (long jump), Khotso Mokoena (triple jump), Orazio Cremona (shot put), Jaco Engelbrecht (shot put), Victor Hogan (discus throw), Russell Tucker (discus throw), Willem Coertzen (decathlon), Fredriech Pretorius (decathlon), Lebogang Shange (20km walk), Wayne Snyman (20km walk), Marc Mundell (50km walk), Lusapho April (marathon), Benedict Moeng (marathon)
Women: Carina Horn (100m), Justine Palframan (200m/400m), Rorisang Ramonnye (400m), Caster Semenya (800m), Rikenette Steenkamp (100m hurdles), Claudia Heunis (100m hurdles), Wenda Nel (400m hurdles), Anneri Ebersohn (400m hurdles), Lynique Prinsloo (long jump), Carla Marais (long jump), Patience Ntshingila (triple Jump), Matsie Dikotla (triple jump), Zinzi Chabangu (triple jump), Sunette Viljoen (javelin throw), Anel Oosthuizen (20km walk), Rene Kalmer (marathon), Mapaseka Makhanya (marathon), Christine Kalmer (marathon), Tanith Maxwell (marathon), Jenna Challenor (marathon), Zintle Xiniwe (marathon)