By James K. Attaglo Wilson|

The hope of Africa – South Africa has sent strong contingents to the 2017 IAAF World Championships which starts from Friday August 04 to 13th in London.

The powerful squad includes seven [7] national record holders: – Akani Simbine [100m], Wayde van Niekerk [200m and 400m], Antonio Alkana [110m hurdles], Luvo Manyonga [long jump], Lebogang Shange [20km walk], Carina Horn [200m] as well as the ever dazzling Caster Semenya [800m].

South African athletes have already enjoyed a flamboyant season [2017] with some of them ceasing world records under their spikes.

For instance, Wayde van Niekerk who has been widely tipped to challenge Usain Bolt in the men’s 200m finals holds the world lead in the 400m event [43.62]. Apart from that, the 2016 Olympic gold medalist [Wayde van Niekerk] has clocked two of the three fastest times this year.

In the men’s 100m, Akani Simbine is ranked third boasting a personal best of 9.92 seconds and has run under 10 seconds on eight occasions this season.

Both sprinters are expected to put a showdown in the battle of who is who in the men’s 200m finals with Van Niekerk ranked second [19.84] whiles Akani Simbine ranked fifth [19.95] in the half-lap event.

In the long jump, Manyonga holds the world lead [8.65m] and compatriot Ruswahl Samaai is also ranked second [8.49m].

Meanwhile, Golden Girl [Caster Semenya] has been in top shape on the road to London 2017 in the women’s 800m event having set the fastest time in the world this year when she clocked a 1:55.27 national record at the recent IAAF Diamond League Meeting in Monaco.

Wayde van Niekerk
Team SA

As the clock winds down to the start of the IAAF World Championships [London 2017] promises to hold you down with tit bits including over all updates of the competition.

Below is the full squad:



Akani Simbine, Thando Roto


Akani Simbine, Wayde van Niekerk, Clarence Munyai


Wayde van Niekerk, Pieter Conradie

10 000m

Stephen Mokoka


April Lusapho, Sibusiso Nzima, Desmond Mokgobu

110m hurdles

Antonio Alkana

Long Jump

Luvo Manyonga, Ruswahl Samaai, Zarck Visser

Shot Put

Oratio Cremona, Jaco Engelbrecht


Victor Hogan


Rocco van Rooyen

20km walk

Shange Lebogang



Carina Horn


Justine Palframan


Caster Semenya, Gena Lofstrand

1, 500m

Caster Semenya


Mapaseka Makhanya, Jenna Challenor

400m hurdles

Wenda Nel

4x400m relay

Justine Palframan, Gena Lofstrand, Ariane Nel, Zoe Engler, Caster Semenya, Wenda Nel