Backtrack A.O.W (Athlete of the week): Ryan Mphahlele
Athlete of the week is back and we have some special athletes that have been making a wave all over the country with phenomenal performances.
Here’s a look at the Senior nominees:
1. Jason van Rooyen 19.66m PB in the men’s shot at the Varsity Athletics in Stellenbosch. Van Rooyen has had a positive start to the season already setting a few PB’s which shows a man in form and also building up his confidence with each competition.
2. Riette Heyns is an athlete to certainly look out for in the women’s Discus. Heyn recently broke the Varsity Athletics record with a distance of 57.11m. We’ll be keeping a close eye on her progress this season, you should to.
3. Mpho Links needs no introduction to the High Jump scene in SA. The Tall jumper cleared a height of 2.20m in the men’s High Jump at the Varsity Athletics in Stellenbosch for victory. He will be looking to go to greater heights in 2019. 2019 might be the year where we see SA jumpers hunting down 2.30m which would be a marvel to witness.
4. Werner Visser was the man to beat at the opening Varsity athletics meeting. Visser managed a distance of 59.56m for victory in the men’s Discus in Stellenbosch. Visser is looking to stamp his name in the senior category and this is a very good start towards that.
5. Eljone Kruger has introduced herself into the SA long Jump scene with an impressive jump of 6.45m in the women’s Long Jump at the Varsity Athletics Cup.
6. Shaaid Motala 10.03 seconds at the Varsity athletics. This performance has the entire country speaking and that means there is a new kid on the block. Despite there being talks about the times and the legitimacy of these times Motala is having a phenomenal season! He already clocked a PB in Pretoria on the 9th of Feb clocking a time of 10.34 and he demolished a strong field of some SA’s aspiring athletes which include Chederick van Wyk, Theodore Young, Thembo Monareng, Sabela Samkelo and Obakeng Maoka. We support all talent and athletes so look out for this man who is coached by the same man (Frans van Rooyen) coaching Emile Erasmus.
7. Luxolo Adams – This man needs no introduction after having a phenomenal 2018 he was back on the track for his opening race which saw him clock a phenomenal time of 20.30 which needs ratification, but it is well within Adams reach as he boasts a PB of 20.01 seconds and this might be there year where we see this young talent break the 20 seconds mark.
But the Athlete of the Week goes to Ryan Mphahlele aka King Ryan as he continues his Middle distance onslaught. Ryan ran another Dream Mile (sub 4 minutes over 1.6km) in a time of 3:58.14 in Stellenbosch. This is another addition to the 3 Dream Miles that he ran in 2018 with the last 2 being at the BestMed Eden Street Miles in December and his first Dream Mile on the track in 2018 at the Liquid Telecom Grandprix in Paarl. Ryan will also be running at the World Cross Country Championships this month before turning his attention back on the track.
Well done to all the nominees. Keep shining
Written by Themba Madima