Rio-bound SA stars
Wayde van Niekerk (400m)
With two sub-44-second times under his belt so far this season, the 400m world champ’s 43.48-second winning time in Beijing was way better than the mere 45.40 seconds required to reach the Rio Olympics.
Anaso Jobodwana (200m)
The Beijing bronze medallist needed to reach a 20.50-second entry standard mark to earn a berth to Rio but he scored a distinction with his 19.87-second SA record time.
Akani Simbine and Henricho Bruintjies (both 100m)
With their joint SA-record time of 9.97 seconds, Beijing semifinalists Simbine and Bruintjies already breached the standard entry time of 10.16 seconds in July. Simbine ran 10.02 seconds at the world champs.
Carina Horn (100m)
Horn’s 11.15 seconds in the Beijing semis met the Rio standard entry mark of 11.32 seconds. Her SA-record-breaking 11.06 in Madrid in July had already sealed her place in Brazil.