The Road to the IAAF World Championships in Doha

The Road to the IAAF World Championships in Doha

Photo credit: Wang Lili/ANS

 

The IAAF World Championships in Doha are around the corner and SA athletes are fighting to get the Qualifying marks in their respective events. With the SA season over, it’s in Europe where the best of SA’s athletes are competing to get the qualifying marks set by the IAAF. The qualifying window for 10 000m, race walks and combined events is from 7 March 2018 to 6 September 2019 and for the rest of the events the qualifying window is from 7 September 2018 to 6 September 2019.

A total of 29 athletes have already qualified for individual events after meeting the mark set by IAAF as well as the men’s 4 x 400m team who booked their spot at the IAAF World Championships earlier this year at the World Relay Championships where they finished in the top 8.

The 2019 Season is a very long especially due to the World Championships starting on the 28 September and ending on 6 October which is almost a month later than the usual dates set for previous World Championships.

It will be interesting to see if this will work in favour for SA athletes as they have more time to prepare after the gruelling SA season which wrapped up on the 27th of April at the exciting Sizwe Medical Fund & 3Sixty Life Senior Track & Field and Combined Championships in Germiston.

 

Here’s a look at the SA athletes that have achieved the qualifying marks:

Q = Qualifying mark (distance or time)

Men

100m – 10.10 Q

Akani Simbine – 9.93

Simon Magakwe – 10.06

Thando Dlodlo – 10.08

 

200m – 20.40 Q

Clarence Munyai – 20.04

Akani Simbine – 20.27

Anaso Jobodwana – 20.38

 

400m – 45.30 Q

Wayde van Niekerk (Automatic spot as defending Champion)

Derrick Mokaleng – 45.17

Thapelo Phora – 45.19

 

800m – 1:45.80 Q

Tshepo Tshite – 1:44.69

 

3000m Steeplechase – 8:29.00 Q

Rantso Mokopane – 8:28.75

 

110 M Hurdles – 13.46 Q

Antonio Alkana – 13.30

Ruan De Vries – 13.45

 

400m Hurdles – 49.30 Q

Sokwakhana Zazini – 48.73

Lindsay Hanekom – 48.81

 

Long Jump – 8.17 Q

Luvo Manyonga – 8.37m

Ruswahl Samaai – 8.21

 

Shot Put – 20.70 Q

Orazio Cremona – 21.51

 

Race Walk – 1:22:30 Q

Lebogang Shange (Automatic spot through IAAF World Challenge)

Wayne Snyman – 1:20:17

 

Race Walk 50 km 3:59:00 Q

Marc Mundell – 3:58.32

 

4 x 400m Relay – Top 8 World Relay Championships Q

SA Men – 3:02.13

 

4 x 100m Relay – Top 10 World Relay Championships Q

SA Men – 38.65

 

Marathon 2:16 Q

Stephen Mokoka – 2:07:58

Desmond Mokgubu – 2:10:42

Benedict Moeng – 2:12:53

 

Women

100m 11.24 Q

Tebogo Mamatu – 11.04

Carina Horn – 11.14

 

800m 2:00.60 Q

Caster Semenya – 1:54.98

 

5000m 15:22:00 Q 

Dominique Scott-Efurd – 14:59.08

 

10 000m 31:50:00 Q

Dominique Scott-Efurd – 31:43.18

 

Marathon 2:37:00 Q

Nolene Conrad – 2:36:21

 

400m Hurdles 56:00 Q

Zeney van der Walt – 55.73

 

65 Days to go to the World Championships and 45 day left to qualify. It’s not over till the last day of the window!

 

Written by Themba Madima

 

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