Athletics

'Tannie Ans' honoured by IAAF

Wayde van Niekerk and Ans Botha (Gallo)
Wayde van Niekerk and Ans Botha (Gallo)

Cape Town - Ans Botha, coach of South African 400m world record holder, Olympic champion and world champion, Wayde van Niekerk has been named 2017 Coach of the Year by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).

Botha, affectionately know as 'Tannie Ans' has guided Van Niekerk to numerous achievements during the course of his career. 

These include two world championship crowns over 400m, an Olympic gold medal and world record over the same distance in Rio in 2016 and a silver medal in the 200m at the IAAF World Championships this year.

Van Niekerk also shattered Usain Bolt's world record this year in the little run 300m event. 

He is also is in line for the IAAF World Athlete of the Year which will be announced later this month. Van Niekerk is currently undergoing rehabilitation for an injured knee and will be out for a period of up to six month, ruling him out of the 2018 Commonwealth Games. 

Botha, who hails from Namibia, was name SA Coach of the Year in 2016. 

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