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BOTSWANA

Zambia athletics factions at loggerheads

July 09, 2007. The Botwana marathon and 10-km fun run in aid of Pioneer Academy in Ghanzi takes place on August 4, according to the Botswana Voice.

A prize of P1 000 is on offer for the winners of both the men's and women's marathons while the fun run carries a first prize of P200 in both categories.

Africa 2007 The third annual Airfield Filling Station Marathon is due to start at 6.30am, and entry fee is P40 per person.

Apart from the first prizes, there are also prizes for veteran (36-39 years) and masters (50 years and above) competitors.

The fun run gets underway at 7.30am, also with senior, veteran and master categories, junior boys (aged 14 to 18) and Sub-Junior girls (aged 9 to 13 years).

Cash prizes are on offer for the first three places in each category. Prospective competitors can contact Lukas Kotze on 721 39741 or Pioneer Academy on 6596510.

SOUTH AFRICA

Zambia athletics factions at loggerheads

June 30, 2007. The South African team for the 11th IAAF World Athletics Championships in Athletics, Osaka, Japan, is currently in Potsdam Germany for a training camp in preparations for the global event, according to the IAAF's Mark Ouma.

The 11th IAAF World Athletics Championships in Athletics, Osaka, Japan, will take place from the 25 August to 2 September 2007.

The 33-member team consists of 21 male and 12 female athletes.

They include Africa record holders Elizna Naude (Discus Throw) and Justin Robbeson (Javelin Throw), Commonwealth champion Sunette Viljoen (Javelin Throw), Commonwealth Games Triple Jump silver medallist Khotso Mokoena (Long Jump), Olympic silver medallist Mbulaeni Mulaudzi (800m).

Others are: World Cup silver medallist Louis Van Zyl, as well as Alwyn Myburgh and Pieter de Villier will feature in the 400m Hurdles.

Africa champions Anika Smit (High Jump), Janet Wienand (400m Hurdles) and Africa 400m silver medallist Paul Gorris are also in the party.

The major test before Osaka will be in the Algerian capital Algiers where they will compete in next month’s All Africa Games.

NAMIBIA

Zambia athletics factions at loggerheads

March 23, 2007. Namibian sprint legend Frankie 'the flash' Fredericks has been named consultant for German men’s national sprint team, according to the IAAF.

"The 200m World Champion from Stuttgart in 1993, who has won four silver medals at the 100m and 200m at the Olympics (1992 and 1996), partly lives in Germany.

"Jürgen Mallow, Germany’s national athletics coach, said that Fredericks was asked to especially help the German sprint relay team.

"Fredericks will already be present during a weekend training camp of the national sprinters this Saturday (24) and Sunday (25) in Dortmund.

"He will cooperate with national coaches Klaus Jakobs, Ronald Stein as well as Michael Corucle, who is the coach of Tobias Unger."

SOUTH AFRICA

Zambia athletics factions at loggerheads

October 26, 2006. Boy Soke of South Africa and Helaria Johannes of Namibia emerge victors in their respective races at the Nedbank South Africa 10km Championships in Stellenbosch last weekend, according to the IAAF.

Soke won in a career best of 28:39, followed by Tshamano Setone (28:45), Enos Matalane (28:48), Kanie Simons (28:56), and Lukertz Swartbooi (28:56) respectively.

"It was important for me to prove that winning the 12 km at the South Africa Senior Cross country Championships last month was no fluke.

"I came to this race as one of the underdogs. This is why I ran conservatively for the first half of the race," said Soke.

Meanwhile, Namibian Helaria Johannes set a blistering pace right from the start to claim the women’s race in a personal best of 32:28 - improving her previous mark of 33:42.

South African Louisa Leballo settled for second place in 33:11 with Zimbabwean Sharon Tavengwa third in 33.24.

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July 26, 2006. Athletics South Africa (ASA) has announced a team of 31 junior athletes to represent her at the IAAF World Junior Championships in Beijing, China, from 15-20 August.

The team, consisting of 23 men and 8 women, was selected after the provisional squad participated in the recent Zone 6 Games in Windhoek and the Southern Region Junior Championships in Mauritius.

South Africa finished sixth on the medals table at the 2004 IAAF World Junior Championships in Grosseto, Italy with 2 gold and 4 silver medals.

Last year the South African team also finished sixth on the medals table at the IAAF World Youth Championships in Marrakech, Morocco.

The complete team list are:

Men
Dayne Le Kay (100m, 4x100m)
Duncan Mclean (100m, 4x100m)
Tshegofatso Meshoe (200m, 4x100m)
Kagisho Kumbane (200m, 4x100m)
Alvin Samuels (400m, 4x400m)
Pieter Smith (400m, 4x400m)
Dirk Gouws (800m)
Jan Masenamela (800m)
Tshamano Setone (1500m)
Lehann Fourie (110mH)
Louw Smith (110mH)
Juan Bloem (400mH)
Wiekus Jonck (400mH)
Edwin Molepo (3000m SC)
Keenan Watson (Long Jump)
Robert Oosthuizen (Javelin Throw)
Noel Meyer (Javelin Throw)
JP Hoffman (Shot Put)
Nico Grobler (Shot Put)
Leroux van Tonder (4x100m)
Wilhelm van der Vyfer (4x100m) Ruaan Grobler (4x400m)
Willie de Beer (4x400m)

Women
Nombulele Nkenku (100, 200m, 4x100m)
Wenda Theron (100m, 200m, 4x100m)
Arista Hefer (400m, 4x100m)
Angela Wagner (800m)
Dastiny Tities (3000m SC)
Erika Kleinhans (100mH, 4x100m)
Simone du Toit (Shot Put, Discus)
Claudine Jansen van Rensburg (4x100m)

 

ZAMBIA

Zambia athletics factions at loggerheads

June 12 , 2006. The Zambia Amateur Athletics Association (ZAAA) has called on the newly-formed athletics body Zambia Athletics Association to stop confusing Zambian sports lovers, reports the Zambian Post.

The Post's Grace Mumbere in Lusaka reported ZAAA marketing and promotions manager Kennedy Mubanga affirming that there can only be one recognised athletics body to represent Zambia, and that the creation of another one is not recognisable with the International Athletics Federation Association (IAFA) and the National Sports Council of Zambia (NSCZ).

"The formation of this body is not recognised and I don't think the National Sports Council would do so as this would be creating a recipe for acrimony," Mubanga said.

"There has to be order in doing things. Zambia is not going to develop with this kind of behaviour."

"The matter is in the hands of the supreme council of the National Sports Council who is empowered by government to ensure that this confusion was sorted out."

 

REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA

April 09, 2006. South Africa's track and field athletes who excelled at the recent Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, Australia, has been awarded with financial incentives by Athletics South Africa at a special luncheon given in their honour at Athletics House, reports Athletics South Africa.

The team returned with a total of five gold, seven silver and two bronze medals making them the most successful senior team yet sent to a major international competition.

In addition, Mbulaeni Mulaudzi who won a silver medal at the recent IAAF World Indoor Championships in Moscow was also honoured at the luncheon.

The individual gold medal winners, Janus Robberts, LJ van Zyl, Anika Smit, Sunette Viljoen and Elizna Naude each received R30 000 in recognition of their performances while R20 000 was awarded to each of the individual silver medal winners, Geraldine Pillay, David Roos, Hilton Langenhoven, Alwyn Myburgh, Khotso Mokoena as well as Mbulaeni Mulaudzi, for his silver medal performance at the recent World Indoor Championships.

Pillay and Harmse each received R15 000 for their bronze medals.

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February 19, 2006. South African Tebogo Mashela from Gauteng has blitzed her way to a new South African record in the 3000m women's steeple chase, reports Athletics South Africa.

After two events in Secunda and Tswane in January, and one in Stellenbosch earlier this month, this was the fourth ASA Champions Challenge event.

Running in blustery conditions, the 26-year-old Mashela finished in a time of 10.01.14, with previous record holder Nolene Conrad coming in second with a 10.25.94.

At the SA Nationals held in Port Elizabeth a week ago, the two finished one and two, with Conrad running a record 10.05.3. However, it was Mashela's turn this week.

"I'm so happy to have the record and the number one spot back," Mashela said. "Everything has worked out so well - and qualification for the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne is the cherry on top!"

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January 28, 2006. South African Janus Robberts, the African record holder who put 21.97m in 2001, but was not over 21m last year produced the performance of the night at the second ASA Champions Challenge in Pretoria yesterday, reports Athletics South Africa.

He wowed the Pilditch stadium crowd by producing a massive 21.06m throw in the shot put to shatter the SA and African record.

And former World Junior champion LJ van Zyl was back to his winning ways, crossing the line in 48:84 seconds.

De Villiers ran 49:07 for his second place while Olympic finalist Alwyn Myburgh was third by just one hundredth of a second later.

Ofentse Mogawane claimed victory in the men's 400m race, finishing in 45:78, edging out Botswana's California Molefe who was second in 45:85.

In the field, Hardus Pienaar threw 84.28m for victory in the javelin while in the women's pole vault Samantha Dodd cleared a personal best height of 4.15m for victory.

October 07, 2005. Athletics South Africa (ASA) has secured a landmark sponsorship deal with the banking group, Nedbank.

ASA president Leonard Chuene confirmed on the Athletics South Africa website that the bank has committed to a five-year road running sponsorship deal.

The sponsorship will focus on a City Marathon series, a Short Distance Series, as well as a special focus on schools in order to stimulate mass participation among young athletes.

An added attraction will be the inclusion of disabled athletes where the route permits in 2006.

ASA will stage three City Marathons - Johannesburg, Soweto and Port Elizabeth, with the Port Elizabeth event incorporating the SA Marathon Championships.

In 2007, Cape Town has been earmarked for inclusion on the race calendar and one further city will be included in 2008.

ZIMBABWE

July 01, 2005. The Zimbabwean athletics governing body has released a list of seven athletes for the 10th IAAF World Athletics Championships starting in Helsinki, Finland from the 6 - 14 August, 2005.

IAAF's Freelance Simba Rushwaya reports that the country will field an under-strength 4x400m relay squad after national Sportsperson of the Year, Lewis Banda, pulled out due to injury.

National Athletics Association of Zimbabwe (NAAZ) president Joseph Mungwari said "the United States based athlete has been ruled out due to injury, and instead Zimbabwe is sending Brian Dzingai, Young Talkmore Nyongani, Temba Ncube and Nelton Ndebele for the event in which they qualified."

Banda was a member of the victorious 4x400m quartet that also include Loid Zwasiya, Temba Ncube, and Talkmore Nyongani, who gave Zimbabwe its first ever track gold medal in the African Championships last year in Brazzaville.

Zimbabwe team

Young Talkmore Nyongani  (400,4x400,800)
Themba Ncube  (4x400, 400)
Nelton Ndebele  (4x400, 200)
Brian Dzingai  (4x400, 400)
Kasirai Sita  (Marathon)
Thabitha Tsatsa  (Marathon)
Samukeliso Moyo  (Marathon)

REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA

May 05, 2005. South Africa's 1992 Olympic 10,000 metres silver medallist Elana Meyer has announced her retirement from athletics at the age of 38, reports Reuters.

"It's been in the pipeline for a while, but Elana has now made it official that she will no longer race competitively," confirmed Linda Ferns, the general manager of Athletics South Africa.

"She will still run to keep fit, but her main focus now is motivational speaking for sportsmen and women on how to rise above obstacles."

Meyer's defining moment came in 1992 when South Africa returned to Olympic competition in Barcelona after years of apartheid-induced international isolation.

She won South Africa's first Olympic medal since 1960 behind Ethiopian Derartu Tulu, who out-sprinted her on the final lap of the 10,000 metres.

Meyer holds the World records for the 15km (46:57), set in 1991, and the Half Marathon (1:06.44), set in 1999. She won the World Half Marathon title in 1994 and carried that form into marathons with top-three finishes in the Boston and Chicago races.

January 16, 2005. Godfrey Khotso Mokoena, the world junior triple jump champion and one of the most prolific breakers of South African junior records in recent years, enters the senior arena with a bright future, reports the Athletics South Africa.

He was one of the stars of the 2004 World Junior Championships in Grosseto, Italy, where he became the first athlete ever to win medals in the triple and long jump (silver) since the introduction of the IAAF's Junior Championships in 1986.

Mokoena first competed in the long jump and won the silver medal with an SA Junior record of 8.09m that moved him into third position on the South African all-time senior list.

It also took him to within 12cm of Francois Fouche's national senior record of 8.21m set in Johannesburg almost 15 years ago.

October 10, 2004. South African Hendrick Ramaala defied strong winds in Portsmouth to claim victory in the Bupa Great South Run, according to the British Broadcasting Corporation report.

Ramaala clocked 47 minutes 14 seconds, with Kenyan Francis Bowen a close second in 47:16.

He said: "It was still a very hard race against a strong field but also good preparation for New York City.

"In better conditions I am certain the time would have been much quicker."

Ramaala will take part in the New York Marathon on 7 November.

The Bellville Athletics stadium has been closed to competitions and there is nowhere else for about 50 northern suburbs schools to hold their athletics meetings when the season starts in January, according to Cape Town's evening paper Cape Argus.

An estimated 37 000 athletes use the track annually and already a major pre-season athletics meeting scheduled for October has had to be cancelled.

It poses a threat to users as the holes in the track could cause serious and "career threatening" injuries to athletes.

Gert Bam, the city's director of sport and recreation, said the reason for the track's closure was "purely as a result of financial constraints".

He said the council had spent nearly R10 million on athletics with the construction and repairs on the Green Point and Khayelitsha stadiums last year.

He suggested groups searching for venues make do with the area's surrounding stadiums until the council derives alternative funding from donors or money becomes available internally.

ZIMBABWE

The government plans to put a programme in place to ensure that Zimbabwean athletes will come back with medals from the Olympic Games in Beijing in 2008, according to the Harare Herald.

Speaking at the official presentation of the team to the Olympic Games in Athens on Thursday night, the Minister of Education, Sport and Culture, Aeneas Chigwedere, said the Games in Greece should be part of a developmental process ahead of the Games in China.

"The Zimbabwe Olympic Committee must prioritise the sports that have the potential for medals for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.

"I would like to urge ZOC to seriously consider their talent base for the next Olympic Games," said Chigwedere .

REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA

The provincial Department of Sport, Arts and Culture together with Athletics Transkei have embarked on a partnership programme to develop sport through athletics.

According to the Pretoria BuaNews, the youth of the remotest areas in the Eastern Cape, especially in Transkei will compete in a long distance race scheduled for this weekend in Qaukeni near Lusikisiki.

Department spokesperson Mlibo Qoboshiyane said the department intended to encourage athletics clubs to ensure that rural youth received exposure.

He said the fact that they had chosen a remote village showed the need to put an end to obscurity.


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