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Antonio Alkana climed the SA all time rankings from beginning to end of the season where he ended up with the 3rd fastest 110m hurdles time of all time in South Africa of 13.32. Alkana also set a blistering 100m pb of 10.27 and went on to represent South Africa at the World Championships after he won the SA 110m hurdles title.
WAYDE VAN NIEKERK
He became the 2015 World Champion in the 400m beating Kirani James and Leshawn Merrit. He ran the 4th fastest 400m of all time of 43.48. Van Niekerk broke his own SA record over 400m and also broke the SA 200m record running 19.94 which was later on removed by Jobodwana. Van Niekerk also ran an African record and 8th fastest 300m of all time of 31.63. Van Niekerk is also nominated to be the South African people’s choice and the South African Sportsman of the year. He also narrowly lost out to Trevor Noah for South African of the year.
Simbine became the first South African to run 2 sub 10 sec 100m races. Simbine became the first South African to run a sub 10 sec race abroad in Velenhe when he ran 9.99. He won the World Student games with a new Championship record of 9.97. Simbine then represented South Africa at the World Champs in the 100m and the 200m where he clocked a 200m pb of 20.23. Simbine was also selected as Gauteng and Tuks sportsman of the year
At the USSA meeting Hlaselo became the first South African in a very very long time that could clock a fast 1500m time in South Africa. He ran a 3:36.36 in Stellenbosch chased by Andre Olivier who couldn’t catch him. Hlaselo went on to run another 3:36 abroad and represented South Africa at the World Championships. He also most recently won the Tembisa Streetmile featuring Folavio Sehohle, Juan van Deventer and Parsons Magagane.
Anaso started off the year running a very strongly wind assisted 19.87 200m which was discarded by most because of the wind strength. Jobodwana managed to break the longstanding SA 200m record later running a 20.04. Van Niekerk removed this record but at the World Championships Jobodwana reclaimed the record and a bronze medal running 19.87 and proved everyone wrong about his earlier 19.87. He also won his very first SA 200m title.
Shange walked 3000 in 11:20.39, 5000 in 18:56.48, 20 000 in 1:23:20.86 and 20km in 1:21.43 pb’s and South African records all in this year alone. Shange took 11th place at the World Championships in the 20km walk and he also won the All Africa games. Shange has been unbeaten in the walk in South Africa and is now working his way into the international scene as he won the Cork City games 5000m in that new SA record time beating former World Champion Robert Heffernan.
Bruintjies is a representation of the heart and character that is needed in all South African athletes to BRING TRACK BACK. The year started out tough for him and he struggled. But he kept on pushing and before you know it Bruintjies ran a new SA record of 9.97 in Switzerland breaking Simon Magakwe’s 9.98. Bruintjies then also went on to represent South Africa at the World Championships. From where he started out no one could have imagined he would end up with a SA record and go to World Champs.
The ever versatile Stephen Mokoka also had one of the best years of his life. Mokoka broke Shadrack Hoffs SA 5000m record in Stellenbosch running 13:11.44 and in the Great Manchester 10km he also went on to break the SA 10k record running 27:38 beating Kenyan 1500m record holder Bernard Lagat. Recently Mokoka clocked a very fast marathon time at Shanghai with a new pb of 2:07.40. Mokoka also went on to represent South Africa at the World Championships and was chosen as TUT Sportsman of the year.
RYNARDT VAN RENSBURG
Van Rensburg opened up the season with a very fast 1:15.58 on the 600m narrowly missing the SA record. He then went on to run two 1:46 800m times in one day at the SA championships in Stellenbosch. Van Rensburg went on to run a 1:45.40 in Velenje in the 800m qualifying for the World Championships. Rynardt also got a bronze medal at the World Student games.