[poll id=”2″] If you struggle to get your vote cast then please email your vote to email@example.com DAVID GATEBE Last year Gatebe had an amazing year. He won the Comrades marathon smashing the course record of the down run running a time of 5:18:13 breaking the 9 year old record of 5:19:49. Later he went on…
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Last year Gatebe had an amazing year. He won the Comrades marathon smashing the course record of the down run running a time of 5:18:13 breaking the 9 year old record of 5:19:49. Later he went on to take a 12th place in the world 100km champs with a time of 6:44:34 and claiming the team silver medal with the rest of his teammates.
The fastest man over 100m in SA history. Simbine opened his season at the ASA Night Series with an astonishing 9.96 SA record run. He then went on to even better this record by running a 9.89 at the Gyulai István Memorial in July where he also ran a 200m pb of 20.16. He toppped off his season with a 5th place at the Rio Olympic Games clocking 9.94 in the final. Simbine also took a bronze medal at the African Champs in Durban.
Last year Alkana ran the 2nd fastest time in history of 13.28 in the 110m hurdles by a South African. Antonio also claimed the SA title as well as the African 110m hurdle gold in Durban with a time of 13.43. Alkana then went on to Rio where he made the semi finals. Noted Alkana also ran a 60m hurdle pb of 7.76 in 2016.
CHARL DU TOIT
At the 2016 Rio Paralympic games Du Toit won the T37 400m in 51.13 with a new Paralympic record. Not only that but he also won the 100m gold. Earlier Charl Du Toit also broke his own World Record in the 100m by running 11.42.
Mokoka won a few big races in style in 2016, including the 33:34 he ran on the 12km at the Cape Town 12km and the African Champs 10 000m in Durban. Mokoka also claimed both the 5000m and 10 000m titles at the SA Champs. 27:54.57 is the time he ran at the Rio Olympic Games to claim an 18th place in the 10 000m. Mokoka also took his 3rd title in 4 years at the Shanhai Marathon when he reclaimed the gold last year.
Gelant ran a 33:42 12km pb at the Cape Town 12km which was a great indicator of his shape. Gelant also won the SA 10km champs. At the African champs Gelant took 2nd place in the 5000m in a time of 13:15.13. At the Rio Olympic games Gelant finished 13th in the 5000m final. His biggest achievement however for the year was smashing the SA 5000m in Hengelo clocking 13:04.88.
WAYDE VAN NIEKERK
Van Niekerk became the first man ever to run sub 44, sub 20 and sub 10 over 400, 200 and 100m in 2016. He ran a 9.98 in the 100m and also later on went on to run the 3rd fastest time ever over 300m of 31.03. Van Niekerk also easily won the African Champs 200m race. His most renowned achievement for the year was breaking Michael Johnsons 400m world record(1999) at the Rio Olympic games in a time of 43.03 and that from lane 8.
At the African champs in Durban Shange took a bronze medal in 1:21.41 in the 20km race walking and he also went on to compete at the Olympic games. In February he set a new SA 20km record of 1:20.06. He also walked a very fast 10 000m time of 41:02.92 in Australia very early in the year.
Manyonga’s massive leap of 8.48m in the 2016 season has put him on the map for Long Jumping all over the world. Luvo also took a Silver medal at the African Champs in Durban, that would not be his only silverware for the year as he went on to claim another silver on the biggest stages of them all at the Rio Olympic games with an 8.37m leap.
LJ VAN ZYL
Van Zyl proved in 2016 he still had what it takes when he started clocking sub 49sec times on the 400m hurdles. He also won the SA 400m Hurdles titles once again. In Ostrava at the Golden Spike meeting Van Zyl clocked an astonishing 48.67 to take the win. At the Rio Olympic Games, his 3rd Olympics, he finished 12th in the 400m hurdles with 49.00.