Athletics South Africa has announced 18 women featuring a mix of proven world-class athletes alongside a promising youth contingent in its 2022 National Preparation Squad, to ensure their readiness for the new campaign.
South African fans will be delighted to see former Olympic 800m champion Caster Semenya in the squad, and the gold-medal winner will be focussed on bringing the nation more glory in racing distances other than World Athletics’ middle-distances international-level ban on her.
The squad features eighteen women including resurgent 400m hurdler, Wenda Nel; long-distance runner, Gerda Steyn; and javelin ace, Sunette Viljoen, who recently joined the Northerns Titans cricket team while maintaining her track and field circuit this year.
Aside from the country’s top performers, the ASA preparation squad also include some of South Africa’s most promising athletes.
All athletes in the ASA Preparation Squad and their coaches will be invited to attend an Elite Athlete and Coaches’ Meeting in Kempton Park, Johannesburg on 22 January 2022.
This meeting will give athletes and coaches an opportunity to address the national federation and gain a better understanding of ASA’s plans in the build-up to the 2022 season, which include the World Athletes Championship in Eugene and the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.
ASA 2022 National Preparation Squad:
Jo-Ané van Dyk
Zenéy van der Walt
Miné de Klerk
Irvette van Zyl
Photo 1 Caption: South African track star Caster Semenya has been announced among the nation’s best 18-strong women’s contingent in Athletics South Africa’s National Preparation Squad, ahead of the World Athletics Championship and Commonwealth Games in 2022. Photo: Caster Semenya (Instagram)
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