Across all disciplines in track and field, South Africa have a strong spread of athletes who are all more than capable of helping them claim an overall victory at the Athletics World Cup.
Arguably the biggest name that they have is 400m world record holder, Wayde van Niekerk, who ran 43.03s at Rio 2016 and has been the fastest man outdoors over 400m each year since 2015.
Carina Horn is just as capable of causing an upset on the track in the women’s 100m, holding South Africa’s national records in both the 60m indoor and 100m, while fewer women have dominated the track in the same way that Caster Semenya has over the middle distances.
Last year, she occupied four of the top ten spaces in the world for times and is just over two seconds outside breaking the women’s 800m world record, which has stood since 1983.
One of their strongest areas away from the track is the long jump, where Luvo Manyonga and Ruswahl Samaai are their leading lights. The duo recorded the top nine longest jumps in the world last year and Manyonga is unbeaten in his last 12 major finals between September 2016 – February 2018.
Did you know?
Caster Semenya has not finished outside of the top three in a women’s 800m race (heat, semi-final or final) since September 2015.
Facts from IAAF World Championships London 2017