Cape Town – The
national team will include three in-form South African indoor record holders,
with a strong squad having been unveiled for the IAAF World Indoor
Championships in Birmingham, England between March 1-4.
will be led by the likes of long jump star Luvo Manyonga, who has already
leaped an African record 8.40m* in his debut indoor season, sprinter Carina
Horn, who broke the national 60m Women mark when she clocked 7.09* seconds
earlier this month, and middle-distance specialist Dominique Scott-Efurd, who
has bettered her own SA 1 500m (4:07.25*) and 3 000m (8:41.18*) indoor records
also includes another long jump icon Ruswahl Samaai, who finished fifth at the
2016 IAAF World Indoor Championships in Portland, African 110m hurdles champion
Antonio Alkana, who lines up in the 60m event over the barriers, and powerful
sprinter Emile Erasmus, who goes for the flat 60m event.
could not be selected for the final SA team due to entry limits after Manyonga
and Samaai both qualified ahead of him in the long jump, former world indoor
champion Khotso Mokoena will participate on an IAAF wild card entry after
winning his discipline during the IAAF World Indoor Tour last season.
are the men and women carrying our hopes in London,” said Aleck Skhosana, the
President of Athletics South Africa.
“They have a lot on their shoulders as
they must demonstrate the best of South African indoor performance.
congratulate them, the coaches and their support staff for the achievement. We
wish the athletes luck and an enjoyable competition.”
*All records are subject to standard ratification
SA team for the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Birmingham (1-4 March):
* @mokoenainspires is expected to receive a wildcard entry
— Athletics_SA (@AthleticsSA_) February 20, 2018