Athletics SA announce 127 athlete squad for African champs

JOHANNESBURG – A 127-member national preparation squad has been announced by Athletics SA for the 2018 CAA African Senior Championships in Asaba, Nigeria from August 1 to 5.

The squad features a number of athletes who have already won medals at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia, including sprinters Akani Simbine and Henricho Bruintjies, Long Jump stars Luvo Manyonga and Ruswahl Samaai, middle-distance runner Caster Semenya, hurdler Wenda Nel and Javelin thrower Sunette Viljoen.

The biennial continental championships will be another opportunity for South Africa to defend its continental crown won in 2016 in Durban with a total of 33 medals, 16 of them in gold.

Kenya followed in second position with 24 total, with eight in gold. This year’s hosts, Nigeria ended with four gold…

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