SIMPHIWE NHLABATHI: Akani Simbine is one of the rising stars in South African athletics. The 20-year-old sprinter represented Tuks at this year’s Varsity Athletics and South Africa at the Commonwealth Games.
You recently ran at the Commonwealth Games. How was the whole experience and what was your proudest moment?
I’m still young in athletics and it’s only my third year doing this. The Commonwealth Games were pretty awesome for me because I was on one stage with all the best sprinters in the world, except the Americans, so it was just like the Olympics and the World Champs. My proudest moment
was when I ran the 200m and qualified for the final. I wasn’t going to do the 200m when I came to the games but then I just decided to move away from withdrawing and just ran. A personal best (20.37) and a final came out of that, which was also totally unexpected.
LEIGH BARROW: After months of training, the UCT Athletics Club’s (UCTAC) distance athletes finally had the chance to compete in the biggest race of the year – The Two Oceans – on Saturday the 19th of April. Finishing on UCT’s very own Green Mile, it only seems fitting that this be the ultimate racing event for an Ikey runner. The fantastic 2014 results are testament to the well-organized event, dedicated supporters, and commitment from the athletes, who have, after all, been training for the race ever since they finished it last year.
WILLLIAM ALDRIDGE: The 2014 Varsity Athletics season began on 21 March with the first meeting being held in Port Elizabeth (PE). Varsity Athletics features eight of South Africa’s top universities: University of the Free State (UFS-Kovsies), University of Stellenbosch (Maties), University of Pretoria (Tuks), University of Johannesburg (UJ), North-West University (NWU-Pukke), University of the Western Cape (UWC), Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU), and Tshwane University of Technology (TUT).
Saadiq Samodien: Don’t mess with a winning formula.
It seems that minister of Sports Fikile Mbalula does not understand this. He recently threatened to withdraw funds from sport teams if they do not fulfill the 60% black representational quota. This was made with particular reference to sports such as cricket, rugby, netball, athletics and soccer.
By Julia Fish Natalie Ross is a difficult woman to catch up with. This is not surprising for us mere mortals, trying to keep up with the pace of a duathlon gold medallist .
Ross’s petite form and chiselled legs show a body built for competition. Ross triumphed over more than 100 athletes from 24 different countries to take gold in the World Duathlon Championships in Ottawa earlier this year. The course consisted a 5km lap first run, a 20km bike race, and a 2.5 km second run which athletes were required to complete twice. Ross did this over five minutes faster than her closest competitor.
Shandu Mulaudzi: Wits athletes competing in Durban found themselves in a contest of a different kind: dodging the advances of prostitutes.
Female sprinter, Fikile Masikane, was among a group of 12 athletes who stayed at the Banana Backpackers Youth Hostel, which she believes also housed prostitutes working at the “brothel” next door.
MOKGETHI NKOSI: The University of Pretoria’s athletics team was crowned the university athletics champions at an athletics meeting at Tuks Stadium last Monday.
The event began with a flag ceremony led by the captains from the eight participating universities.
Shandu Mulaudzi: Wits athletes who attended a national championships in Durban last week were accommodated at the Banana Backpackers – youth hostel situated in the same building as an escort and massage parlour.
Caro Malherbe: Witsie David Okharedia is a favourite to win in the South African under-23 (U23) Championships this coming weekend at the Pilditch Stadium in Pretoria.
The Computer Science honours student will be running the 100m and 200m as well as the 4x100m relay.
Running. I never used to understand people who wanted to do it for more than ten minutes, let alone five hours. Yet yesterday, amongst the thousands of lubed up, short shorts-wearing nutters, there I was – at the Newlands starting line at 6.30 in the morning, ready to endure 56kms all in the name of, well, fun, I guess.