Athletics South Africa has named a large 89-member squad to compete at the CAA African Championships in Mauritius from 8-12 June 2022.
The men's squad of 42 is led by some of the country's most experienced athletes, including defending African champions Akani Simbine (100m), Antonio Alkana (110m hurdles) and Victor Hogan (discus throw).
The national team also features the likes of Olympic shot-put finalist Kyle Blignaut, national 200m record holder Clarence Munyai, and SA 5 000m record holder Elroy Gelant who lines up in the 10 000m event.
Six athletes have also been included in a powerful 4x100m relay squad - Simbine, Munyai, Henricho Bruintjies, Emile Erasmus, Sinesipho Dambile and Benjamin Richardson - who will turn out in defence of their continental title.
The national women's contingent also features multiple medal contenders led by the likes of SA 100m record holder Carina Horn and defending shot put champion Ischke Senekal.
Other athletes in the women’s team to watch include rising 800m star Prudence Sekgodiso and former world junior 400m hurdles champion Zeney van der Walt.
Three-time 800m world and Olympic champion, Caster Semenya, will also compete in Mauritius, after her selection for the women's 5 000m event.
The CAA African Senior Athletics Championships will be held for the first time since the 2018 edition in Asaba, Nigeria, after postponements and cancellations caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
” This is our South African team going to Mauritius to compete and do battle against our sister countries,” announced James Moloi, the President of Athletics South Africa. “The core of the team to the World Athletics Championships in Oregon, is expected to come from here.
“We congratulate all the athletes who have met the qualifying standards ad must now go and make the Rainbow Nation proud. Athletes, who have not made it here, are encouraged not to give up and keep pushing as the doors to Oregon remains open for another month.
“We are all looking forward to the African Championships where the best of the continent will congregate to do battle to be best in the continent.”