Semenya, the 2011 World Championships 800m silver medallist, has already qualified for the London 2012 Olympic Games and needs to compete at the Championships as part of the selection criteria agreed on with SASCOC. (Full criteria and exceptions are available on the Athletics South Africa website).
On 5 April, Semenya broke the 2min barrier for the first time on South African soil since Zelda Pretorius ran 1:58.85 in 1991, clocking 1:59.60, her best this season. Semenya has only represented South Africa at one Africa Championships in 2009 as junior athlete in Bambous, Mauritius.
Sunette Viljoen currently holds the Africa and South African record in the women’s javelin throw and has also qualified for the Olympic Games.
The 29-year-old will be competing at her fifth Africa Championships this year and with her brilliant track record (gold in 2004, 2008, 2010 and silver in 2006). The reigning champion won bronze in Daegu at the World Championships in September 2011 with 68.38m. Her best this season is 61.84m in Ostrava on 25 May.
Athletics SA women athletes selected to represent SA at the CAA Africa Senior Championships in Porto Novo, Benin, 27 June – 1 July 2012: Tsholofelo Thipe (CNW) 200m, 400m Rorisang Ramonye (CNW) 400m Estie Wittstock (AGN) 400m Caster Semenya (AGN) 800m Mandie Brandt (CGA) 800m Mapaseka Makhanya (CGA) 800m, 1500m Lebogang Phalula (CGA) 1500m Lebo Phalula (CGA) 1500m Rene Kalmer (CGA) 5000m Noleen Conrad (CGA) 3000m St Claudia Viljoen (AGN) 100m H Ansulet Potgieter (AFS) 100m H Wenda Theron (AGN) 400m H Janet Lawless (BOLA) 400m H Anneri Ebersohn (AGN) 400mH Deone Joubert (AGN) PV Jeannie van Dyk (EPA) PV Juanita Stander (WPA) PV Anika Smit (CNW) HJ Bianca Erwee (CNW) HJ Patience Ntshingila (CNW) LJ, TJ Janice Josephs (BOLA) LJ Lynique Prinsloo (AGN) LJ Charlene Potgieter (AGN) TJ Sonia Smuts (AGN) SP Elizna Naude (AGN) DT Maryke Oberholzer (AGN) DT Annemie Smith (ASWD) HT Sunette Viljoen (ACNW) JT Gerlize de Klerk (ACNW)