Monday, August 8, 2022

Athletics

African and world athletics from an African angle, here on SPNAfrica News, with Live athletics events and Video On Demand stories on SPNAfrica.com

A night of stellar performances at the Athletes Academy invitational in Stellenbosch

By Stephen Granger University of Johannesburg athlete, Ryan Mphahlele, turned in the performance of the night to win a thrilling men’s 1500m in the final event of the Athletes Academy Invitational meeting at Coetzenburg in Stellenbosch this week (Monday 28...

Track and Field returns with a bang on South African soil

By Stephen Granger Track is back with a bang in South Africa, with the Athletics South Africa Grand Prix 2 Intercontinental Series in full swing and a mouth-watering event scheduled for Stellenbosch next Monday (28 March). The second in the Grand...

Sponsorship race for women runners heats up

By Stephen Granger While Olympian and Comrades Marathon champion Gerda Steyn will be looking to consolidate her gains as a major contender in leading world road marathons with the German-born shoe company, adidas, Toni McCann and a yet-to-be-named second leading...

When a successful sporting event becomes Africa’s best brand advertising

By Stephen Granger The dust has settled on Ultra-trail Cape Town (UTCT) trails and most of the international athletes who participated have found sufficient gaps in flight bans to depart our shores, following an exceptional Ultra-trail Cape Town event which...

Mashele claims Durban 10k, Kavanah wins womens’

Precious ‘Machine’ Mashele defended his national title and rising star, Tayla Kavanagh won her first senior title at the inaugural Absa Durban 10K CITYRUN incorporating the ASA 10km National Championships in Ethekwini on Sunday 31 October. As was the case...

Does the end of an historic rivalry mark a new era for these two...

Two of South Africa's greatest sporting names - and long-standing rivals - have joined forces in a bid to create a mentorship program that they hope will put young African athletes from less privileged backgrounds on the international map. By...

Gerda Steyn’s ultra-long route to Japan

It’s 13 786 km from Durban, South Africa, to Sapporo, Japan, but Gerda Steyn will attempt to bridge the distance between the Comrades and the Olympics marathons with a few strides next Saturday, 7 August, as she goes to the...

Olympics Special – Mokgobu’s dreams of gold

Story by Stephen Granger Desmond Mokgobu is running shoulder to shoulder with one of host Japan’s favourite marathoners, in the final stages of the biggest race of his life.  The two enter the stadium almost stride for stride, but Mokgobu’s...

Olympics Special – African athletes to watch at the Tokyo Olympics

As the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympic Games gather steam, African countries are looking to bag more gold, silver and bronze medals - in a wider selection of sports - than ever before. Here are some athletes to watch. Seth Onyango,...

Olympics Special – Nigeria’s first woman track & field gold medalist

Chioma Ajunwa was the first black African woman to win an Olympic gold medal in a field event. She didn't understand the significance until she was swamped by a crowd during a stopover in Senegal, on the way home. By Humphrey...