African Se­nior Ath­let­ics Champs, Mar­rakech, Morocco Team SA’s medal prospects

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Sprints

Akani Sim­bine Age: 20 Events: 100m, 200m Sea­son best: 10.02 (100m) 20.37 (200m) Many pos­i­tives came out of Sim­bine’s maiden ap­pear­ance at the Com­mon­wealth Games in Glas­gow, Scot­land. He missed a berth in the 100m fi­nal by a three hun­dredths of a sec­ond af­ter he ad­vanced com­fort­ably in the heats. He clocked a per­sonal best 20.37 in the 200m fi­nal prior to an­chor­ing the 4x100m re­lay team to a new SA record of 38.35 last Satur­day.

The fLll sqLad: Si­mon Ma­gakwe (100m), Hen­ri­cho Bru­in­tjies (100m), Wayde van Niek­erk (200m, 400m), Ncinci Titi (200m), Melissa He­witt (100m, 200m), Jus­tine Pal­fra­man (200m, 400m)

Mid­dle/long dis­tance

An­dré Olivier Age: 28 Event: 800m

Sea­son best: 1:44.42 Olivier has shown good progress since he de­fended his na­tional ti­tle at the SA Cham­pi­onships in April. He has peaked up well thanks largely to his top-three fin­ish in the six in­ter­na­tional meet­ings he ran across the Di­a­mond League and the IAAF World Chal­lenge, which cul­mi­nated in a bronze medal at the Com­mon­wealth Games. Olivier, who won bronze at the Benin African Cham­pi­onships in 2012, has clocked three sub-1:45 times this year.

The fLll sqLad: Jo­han Cronje (1 500m), El­roy Ge­lant (5 000m) HLr­dles

Cor­nel Fred­er­icks Age: 24 Event: 400m hur­dles

Sea­son best: 48.42 Fred­er­icks’ gold in Glas­gow last week capped a steady progress on the big­ger stage. Along with his train­ing part­ner LJ van Zyl, he steered South Africa to 1-2, where he fin­ished as a run­ner-up at the 2012 con­ti­nen­tal cham­pi­onships in Kenya. Fred­er­icks has now dis­placed Van Zyl as SA’s num­ber one 400m hur­dler and he is def­i­nitely the one to watch in Morocco, es­pe­cially now that he has gath­ered ex­pe­ri­ence com­pet­ing in­ter­na­tion­ally with the likes of Javier Cul­son (Puerto Rico), Michael Tins­ley and Ber­shawn Jackson (both US).

The fLll sqLad: Ruan de Vries (110m hur­dles); LJ van Zyl, Wenda Nel, An­nerie Eber­sohn (all 400m hur­dles); Rikenette Steenkamp (100m hur­dles)

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Khotso Mokoena Age: 29 Events: long jump, triple

jump

Sea­son best: 8.02m (long jump), 17.20m (triple jump) Mokoena’s gold at Glas­gow last Satur­day ended a three-year dry spell. He was the African long jump cham­pion in 2010 and he is well poised for a medal in Morocco, given his newly found form in the triple jump. He last com­peted in the event as a ju­nior in 2006 un­til he marked a come­back as the na­tional cham­pion at the SA Cham­pi­onships early this year.

The fLll sqLad: Zarck Visser, Rush­wal Sa­maai, Carla Marais (all long jump); Cheyne Rahme, Deone Jou­bert, Juan de Swardt (all pole vault); Bianca Er­wee (high jump) Throws

SLnette Viljoen Age: 30 Event: Javelin

Sea­son best: 64.77m A cham­pion at the 2010 African Cham­pi­onships, Viljoen is in good shape to re­claim her con­ti­nen­tal ti­tle and bid for her fourth con­ti­nen­tal ca­reer medal. Her sil­ver medal at the Com­mon­wealth Games proved her po­ten­tial and con­sis­tency in an event she has dom­i­nated for so long.

The fLll sqLad: Orazio Cre­mona, Jaco En­gel­brecht, Lezaan Jor­daan (all shot put); Vic­tor Ho­gan, Rus­sel Tucker, El­izna Naude (all dis­cus); Chris Harmse, Nanette Stapel­berg (both ham­mer); Rocco van Rooyen, Robert Oosthuizen (both javelin)

Willem Co­ertzen

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