Athletics

SA duo inducted into African Athletics Hall of Fame

Wayde van Niekerk (AP)
Wayde van Niekerk (AP)

Cape Town - South Africa's Wayde van Niekerk and Caster Semenya are among the 13 athletes inducted into the African Athletics Confederation (CAA) Hall of Fame.

The event, which was organised by the CAA and the Delta State Capital Territory Development Agency, was held at the Event Center in Asaba in Nigeria.

According to Nigerian newspaper The Punch, out of the 16 inductees only two were in attendance - Nigerian Blessing Okagbare-Ighoteguonor and Olusoji Fasuba.

The publication continued saying that the event started five hours late, which forced athletes like Semenya to stay away.

It was also reported that the Ethiopians and Kenyans could not attend as they arrived in Asaba late on Tuesday after being stranded in Lagos.

READ: Semenya, Manyonga left stranded at Nigeria airport

The other inductees included five Ethiopians namely: Tirunesh Dibaba, Meseret Defar, Genzebe Dibaba, Kenenisa Bekele and Almaz Ayanawere.

World 800m record holder Kenya's David Rudisha and Olympic 3 000m champion Ezekiel Kemboi were also inducted as well as Vivian Cheruiyot, a gold medallist in the 5 000m in the Rio Olympics. The last inductee was Nigeria's Tosin Oke.

READ: Simbine takes sublime gold for Team SA in Nigeria

Semenya is currently participating in the 21st African Athletics Championships at Stephen Keshi Stadium in Asaba, Nigeria.

Van Niekerk is still recovering from a knee injury, which he sustained during a celebrity rugby match last October at Newlands.

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