2024 Feb 01



Athletics Media

Athletics South Africa Office
Athletics Media
2024 Feb 01

Full squads will represent South Africa in all five races at the World Athletics Cross Country Championships in Belgrade, Serbia on 30 March 2024.

A 28-member team has been announced by Athletics South Africa, with final selection based on athletes' performances at the 2023 ASA Cross Country Championships in Gqeberha and the ASA Cross Country trials in Potchefstroom.

The team for the senior men's 10km race is spearheaded by SA champion Kabelo Mulaudzi, who displayed superb form on the road last year.

He will be joined by national trials winner Chris Mhlanga, as well as Mathews Leeto, Nadeel Wildschutt, Bennet Seloyi and  Andries Sesedi.

A strong team has also been unveiled for the senior women's 10km contest, which will be led by SA trials winner Glenrose Xaba, one of South Africa's most experienced distance runners.

She will line up alongside national champion Karabo Mailula, Tayla Kavanagh, Cacisile Sosibo, Kyla Jacobs and Lisha van Onselen.

Six-member teams have also been named for the U20 men's 8km race and the U20 women's 6km event. Four athletes will turn out in the senior mixed relay.

Senior men (10km):

Kabelo Mulaudzi (CGA), Chris Mhlanga (CGA), Mathews Leeto (ACNW), Nadeel Wildschutt (BOLA), Bennet Seloyi (CGA), Andries Sesedi (CGA).

Senior women (10km):

Karabo Mailula (AGN), Glenrose Xaba (AGN), Tayla Kavanagh (KZNA), Cacisile Sosibo (CGA), Kyla Jacobs (WPA), Lisha van Onselen (BOLA).

U20 men (8km):

Musawenkosi Mnisi (AMPU), Pheko Zanzile (CGA), Realeboga Smith (CGA), Corne de Fouw (CGA), Tseko Thoabala (AFS), Rico Leijenaar (ACNW).

U20 women (6km):

Li-Mari Dekker (AGN), Lara van der Merwe (AGN), Omaatla Dikao (AGN), Wiekpe Schoeman (AGN), Paballo Dlothi (AGN), Anoxolo Mcetywa (AGN).

Mixed senior relay (4x2km):

Simonay Weitsz (AGN), Danielle Verster (ACNW), Christopher Swart (ACNW), Boikanyo Motlhamme (CGA).

Non-travelling reserves: Carmie Prinsloo (AGN) and Neil van der Merwe (AGN).

"Congratulations to all who have made the team! A job well done fighting for a place in the final team. Your hunger must continue to drive you to success. Don't lose focus, but go there and seek glory for yourselves and your country," said James Moloi the President of Athletics South Africa."

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About Athletics South Africa:
Athletics South Africa (ASA) is the national governing body for the sport of athletics (including Track and Field, Cross Country, Road Running and Race Walking) in South Africa, is a member of World Athletics  and the Confederation of African Athletics.  The association was formed in 1995 and is based in Johannesburg.