Backtrack AOW (Athlete of the Week) 20-26 August: Vorentoe High School
1. Precious Mashele is the first nominee we will be looking at. Mashele took victory in the 10km race at the Mandela Marathon. Mashele dissembled a strong field to get a comfortable victory in the end in winning the 10km race. Mashele who is also the SA Cross Country defending champion will be looking to take this form into the ASA Cross Country Champion in PE on the 8th of September.
2. Elroy Gelant is returning to superb form after overcoming a tough injury and surgery a few months back. Gelant made a solid appearance at the Mandela Marathon when he competed in the 21km. Gelant finished 3rd in a time of 1:02:48 behind a strong field which had strong competition from all over Africa.
3. Nolene Conrad has been on a major rise over the past 2 seasons stamping her position as one of the leaders of long distance running in SA. Conrad finished 2nd in the 21km of the Mandela Marathon with a time of 1:18:57
4. Realeboga Seospengwe the young middle distance athlete from Vorentoe High School is showing signs of greatness to come. Seospengwe had a flawless and dominant run in the 6km at the NWU Noordvaal Cross Country meeting for primary school and high school athletes whilst taking the victory. Seospengwe u18 seemed to almost toy around with the field and looked comfortable the entire race despite putting down a solid pace.
5. Prudence Sekgodiso from TuksSport High School is a middle distance athlete who is versatile with strength on the track as well as on Cross Country courses. Sekgodiso won the 4km girls race using her speed to clinch the title after a patient build up over the first 3.5km, and then making a decisive move that left her competition unable to respond. Sekgodiso is looking in great shape leading up to the SA XC Championships in PE.
6. Caster Mokgadi Semenya can never be left off the AOW list as she showed great speed in the 400m in Chorzow (Poland). Semenya ran the MR (Meeting Record) and also clocked what is her second fastest time of 50.06 in the 400m which had her totally obliterate the field and set her up for a fast run in the 800m at the Diamond League final.
But AOW goes to Vorentoe High School who were the overall team champions of the prestigious NWU Noordvaal Cross Country competition. This competiton has birthed many top middle distance athlete in SA and continues to do so. Hoerskool Vorentoe won this competition for the 17th time in 18 years which is record that cannot go unnoticed. This performance and dominance has earned Vorentoe High School the AOW title.
Well done to all the nominees!
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Written by Themba Madima