Roto poised to make it a 100m hat-trick for SA at the World Stu­dent Games

The Star Early Edition - - SPORT - OCKERT DE VIL­LIERS

TAK­ING over the ba­ton as the South Africa’s sprint­ing hope at the World Stu­dent Games in Taipei, Thando Roto will be look­ing to win the coun­try’s third con­sec­u­tive 100m ti­tle at the show­piece in Au­gust.

South Africa have se­lected a strong ath­let­ics squad of 44 men and women. as they aim to reach their tar­get of 10 medals at the Games in Tai­wan from Au­gust 19 to 30. The coun­try will send a 180-mem­ber squad in 10 sport­ing codes in­clud­ing a men’s and women’s foot­ball teams, wa­ter­polo, ten­nis, ta­ble ten­nis, gym­nas­tics, golf and fenc­ing.

The track and field ath­letes con­trib­uted four of the coun­try’s six medals in Gwangju, South Ko­rea in 2015 fin­ish­ing 25th on the medals ta­ble.

Flag-bearer Jus­tine Pal­fra­man will be de­fend­ing her 400m ti­tle while former South African 200m cham­pion Ncin­cilili Titi has also been in­cluded in the team.

South Africa has built a strong tra­di­tion in the short sprints over the last two edi­tions of the Games with Anaso Jo­bod­wana win­ning the 100-200m dou­ble in 2013 be­fore Akani Sim­bine won the short-sprint ti­tle two years later.

Roto will go into the Games as the third fastest South African 100m sprinter of all-time with the life-time best of 9.95 sec­onds he posted in Pre­to­ria in March.

Titi was a mem­ber of the 4x100m re­lay bronze medal team from 2015 which in­cluded Gideon Trot­ter, Eck­hardt Ros­souw and Sim­bine.

Roto will fancy his chances of bag­ging South Africa’s third con­sec­u­tive 100m ti­tle while Titi will be look­ing to clinch an in­di­vid­ual medal after fin­ish­ing fourth in the half-lap sprint two years ago.

Ranked as the sec­ond best long jumper in the world this sea­son, Ruswahl Sa­maai will be rep­re­sent­ing South Africa at next month’s IAAF World Cham­pi­onships in Lon­don be­fore tak­ing aim at the Stu­dent Games.

In-form 100m hur­dler Rikenette Steenkamp, who re­cently missed out on the na­tional se­nior record by 0.05 sec­onds will be look­ing fin­ish her sea­son on a high with a medal in Taipei.

Mid­dle-dis­tance ace Ry­nardt van Rens­burg will re­turn to the Stu­dent Games hop­ing for an up­grade to his bronze medal from South Ko­rea.

The swim­ming team will be spear­headed by Rio Olympian Myles Brown, who will also be in ac­tion at next week’s Fina World Cham­pi­onships in Bu­dapest.

Ris­ing star Zane Wad­dell will be look­ing to add more ac­co­lades to the three in­di­vid­ual gold medals he won at the Com­mon­wealth Youth Games two years ago.

At this year’s na­tional cham­pi­onships in Dur­ban he swam the eighth fastest time by a South African in the 100m freestyle when he won the se­nior ti­tle in a time of 49.09 sec­onds.

De­spite qual­i­fy­ing for the World Cham­pi­onships, top fe­male swim­mer Tat­jana Schoen­maker has in­stead de­cided to fo­cus her at­ten­tion on the Stu­dent Games.

Schoen­maker be­came the first fe­male swim­mer since 2013 to meet the mark for the world cham­pi­onships boast­ing a per­sonal best of 2:24.93.

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