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SABC Sport delivers on cricket and rugby, where the incoming tours to South Africa make for prime viewing, while such classic events as the J & B Met, the Two Oceans Marathon, the Comrades Marathon, the Mandela Marathon and the Durban July are produced for all South Africans. Bu let’s not forget special prime events as the Olympics and the Commonwealth Games, which are broadcast by SABC Sport both on television and radio
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Wayde Van Niekerk, Akani Simbine and Anaso Jobodwana’s exploits at international level have profiled South Africa as a leading producer of sprinters on the African continent recently and an emerging one globally. It’s still too early to say SA can be mentioned on the same line as Jamaica and the US when it comes to sprinting. But this past weekend’s events at the SA senior championships in Potchefstroom where Van Niekerk won the 200m men’s national title in 19.90secs, proves that the country is on the right path according to the World and Olympic 400m champion. Teenager Clarence Munyai raised eyebrows last year when he won the 200m national title in Stellenbosch but it was a difficult and competitive field on Saturday as he couldn’t make the podium finish.
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he star of Olympic silver medalist Luvo Manyonga continues to rise and shine on the athletics field. Earlier today Manyonga improved his own South African and Africa men’s long jump record when he leapt to a new record of 8.65m with his first jump in the final. He bettered his previous record that he set during the Athletics Gauteng North provincial meeting in Pretoria last month by 3cm. Last year Manyonga finished in a low position because of no jumps but this time he says he’s at another level. After breaking the record with his first jump, Manyonga who is currently carrying the world’s lead, stopped competing.
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The world and Olympic 400m champion Wayde Van Niekerk has sent a strong message to his counterparts in the IAAF World Championships that his plan to double on the podium is not just an idea but reality. Van Niekerk won the 200m national title in 19.90 seconds at the conclusion of the two-day South African Senior championships at the McArthur stadium in Potchefstroom yesterday. This is the second fastest time by a South African in the 200m. Van Niekerk says this time proves why he’s right about doubling in London later this year…
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In 2013 he was the first South African sprinter to dip under 10 seconds as he won his record sixth 100m national title in 9.98 seconds that year. Simon Magakwe made a return this afternoon to competitive athletics as he won his fifth heat in 10.40 seconds at the SA Senior Championships at McArthur stadium in Potchefstroom. In December 2013, the 30year-old was banned for two years after he refused a mandatory out of competition doping test by the IAAF. As he prepares to line-up in the semi-final and the final later today, Magakwe tells SABC Sport journalist Velile Mbuli that he nearly turned a professional footballer few months ago.
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In its fourth year running, the Brutal Fruit Netball Premier League looks set to be more than just an eight week netball tournament by leaving a lasting legacy in women’s sport. Today Netball South Africa (NSA) in partnership with the sponsor, announced new features to the tournament, revealing that this year’s champions would get to travel to New Zealand to compete in the Super Club Championships. A new study programme was also introduced which will allow players within the league to further their studies. The beverage company’s Marketing Manager, Kudzi Mathabire had this to say. Since its inception back in 2014, the Netball Premier League has been instrumental in the growth of netball in the country. NSA’s President Mimi Mthethwa attested to this by saying the tournament has elevated the standard of netball in the country.
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Top South African mountain biker Mariske Strauss says she’s still hungry for more titles in her cycling career and hopes to put out top performances in coming local events as she looks to book her spot in the World Championships in Australia, later this year. The current National Mountain Bike champion continued her dominance in the local scene at the weekend when she claimed victory at the second round of the 2017 SA National MTB Cup Series XCO at the Wolwespruit Bike Park in Tshwane. Strauss, who’s career best result so far is a second place finish at the 2013 Cross country World Cup in Malaysia, says her journey to the top took years of hard work and is fortunate to have a supportive structure behind her.
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Following her victory over German’s Alesia Graf, the newly crowned World Boxing Federation (WBF) female bantamweight champion, Bukiwe Nonina will set her sight on the WBC silver title. The “Anaconda” beat Graf after 10 rounds on unanimous points decision in Cape Town late last month. She also became the boxer from Dutywa, Eastern Cape to win a world title. Nonina failed to win the WBC silver belt against Catherine Phiri in 2014 in Zambia, and will be gunning for revenge against the Zambian champion. The South African boxer of the year at some point held the SA title, which she defended successfully five times.
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Swimming South Africa chief executive officer Shaun Adriaanse is impressed by how the inland provinces have performed at the on-going South African Schools Aquatics National championships in Polokwane. Adriaanse says one of the factors that can be credited for this improvement is the federation’s framework on everyone doing what they are supposed to do.
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The annual SA National Aquatic championships ended in Durban this past Saturday, with many swimmers having achieved qualifying times to their respective world championships. Eight athletes managed to reach the FINA (world swimming federation) senior world championships in Budapest, Hungary later in July. Of those who qualified, five athletes took part at the Rio Olympics in Brazil last year, which shows that there is a lack of new talent coming through. What was encouraging was the fact that 24 young swimmers managed to reach the junior world championships which will take place in Indianapolis, USA later in August. The current President of African Swimming Confederation (CANA) Dr Sam Ramsamy says the future is bright with the many youngsters coming through.
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In his first official outing as minister of Sport and Recreation Thembelani “Thulas” Nxesi opened the 2017 South African School National Aquatics championships in Polokwane on Sunday evening. All provinces except Northern Cape will compete in Limpopo’s capital from Monday until Thursday. Minister Nxesi admitted it’s a concern that learners from one province are missing on the activities however wasn’t happy with the racial representation which was majority white. Nxesi also believes that taking swimming to all parts of the country including predominantly rural provinces is one of the routes that can be used to make the code attractive to black people.
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KIA South African doubles specialist Raven Klaasen and Ruan Roelofse overcame Slovenia’s Grega Zemlja and Tomislav Ternar in straight sets 7-6 (6) 6-2 6-4 to clinch an overall victory for South Africa in the Davis Cup at the Irene Country Club. With South Africa having clinched the tie 3-0, the reverse singles are effectively dead rubber as the team now stands a chance to play for promotion in September for a possible place in Euro/Africa Group I next year. SA’s double team were clear favourites but Klaasen says they did not expect it to be plain sailing but it went smoother than expected. Roelofse, who now stands at seven wins and no losses in Davis Cup ties was extremely proud of the team’s effort this weekend.
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Polokwane City says it will travel with a bigger squad to Port Elizabeth for both the Nedbank cup last 16 encounter and the league match next week against Chippa United. The cup match is scheduled for Saturday afternoon at the Nelson Mandela Bay stadium and the sides will meet again on Tuesday night at the same venue. City interim coach Bernard Molekwa reveals the side won’t be travelling back and forth as it could be taxing on the players.