Ruswahl Samaai, Lebogang Shange and Lindsay Hanekom’s recent consistent world class performances seems to be overlooked and wiped under the carpet.

Mens 400m Hurldes

However, we have decided to shine the spotlight on them:

Rush Getty ImagesLebonang Shange: finished second at the IAAF Race Walking Challenge in Maior, Portugal in another world class time of 1h21min23sec on Saturday afternoon. Earlier this year, Shange broke the South African 3000m, 10000m and 20km race walk records, thus making him one of the most decorated race walkers in Africa. The African race walk champion is a medal contender for the Rio Olympic Games.

Lindsay Hanekom: has already run three sub 50sec 400m hurdle personal best races. After suffering an injury earlier in the season, Hanekom’s sub 50sec streak showcases the form he could have been in, however, this is athletics and injuries are part of the game. Hanekom is the fastest 400m men’s hurdler heading into next week’s national championships, and after Friday evening’s 49.66sec race at the Sasol-Nwu International Athletics meeting, he keenly has his eyes set on the national title and 49.40sec time required. The youngster is in the shape of his life and big things are expected.

Ruswahl Samaai: proved that he is one of the most consistent Long Jumpers in the world when he had more than 2 jumps well over the 8meter mark at Thursday night’s Varsity Athletics meeting in Stellenbosch. Samaai finished 5th at the World Indoor Championships, breaking the South African indoor Long Jump record! His leap of 8.18m was three centimetres short of the bronze medal position, but this does not stop the in-shape Samaai who will be looking to defend his title at next week’s national championships. He has produced more than six 8 meter jumps leading up to nationals, so let’s see if he can get over the 8.50m mark.Leb S Getty Images

Three world class athletes performing exceptionally well! Keep up the greatness champions.


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Reggie Hufkie