20 SA athletes picked for African Continental Cup team

Caster Semenya (Getty Images)
Caster Semenya (Getty Images)

Cape Town - A large group of South African athletes will represent the African continent at the upcoming IAAF Continental Cup to be held in Ostrava, Czech Republic between September 8-9, after the Confederation of African Athletics (CAA) announced its team on Tuesday.

The SA contingent of 20 athletes will make up more than a quarter of the 74-member African team, which consists of 39 men and 35 women.

Among the athletes who feature in the team are Cornel Fredericks, who will defend his Continental Cup crown after winning 400m hurdles gold at the previous edition of the showpiece in Morocco four years ago, plus experienced athlete Khotso Mokoena, who returns in search of another podium after securing silver in 2014.

The African team, consisting of athletes from 18 different countries, was selected based on performances at the 21st CAA African Senior Championships in Asaba this month.

Though two athletes were selected in each discipline, only one was considered from each nation.

Other South Africans in the squad include versatile middle-distance star Caster Semenya, in-form long jump star Ruswahl Samaai and sprinter Akani Simbine.

The IAAF Continental Cup, a team event which will be contested based on a points system with athletes competing in straight finals over two days of competition, will feature squads from Africa, the Americas, Europe and Asia-Pacific.

"Congratulations to all athletes who have made the African team and trust they will defend the honour of the continent and of our country they were selected from," said the President of ASA, Aleck Skhosana.

"We are proud of them and are confident that they will go to Ostrava and make us all happy." 

SA Team Members:

Caster Semenya, Rikenette Steenkamp, Zinzi Chabangu, Ischke Senekal, Jo-Ané Van Dyk, Akani Simbine, Titi Ncincilili, Phora Thapelo, Antonio Alkana,Cornel Fredericks, Simon Magakwe, Henricho Bruintjies, Emile Erasmus, Ruswahl Samaai, Khotso Mokoena, Christopher Moleya, Hendrik Van Wyk, Victor Hogan, Tshepang Makhethe, Phil-Mar Janse Van Rensburg 

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