Sprint kings become Speed Stars

Two of South Africa’s fastest men, Akani Simbine and Wayde van Niekerk, are even faster when they’re behind the wheel of a car.

Both athletes participated as celebrity drivers in the second season of the Speed Stars TV series.

Both speedsters made it to the final, and they had some fun along the way, all in the aid of charity.

* Pics courtesy of www.gregbeadle.com

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Van Niekerk shines at SA Sport Awards

Wayde van Niekerk raked in the accolades at the SA Sport Awards (Christiaan Kotze / SASPA)

 

Having established his place as the nation’s top track and field athlete, Wayde van Niekerk was recognised for his achievements this season at the SA Sport Awards in Bloemfontein on Sunday night, retaining his place as the country’s most prolific and popular sportsman in all codes.

Van Niekerk, who received the prestigious Sports Star of the Year accolade for the second year in a row, also added the People’s Choice, Sportsman of the Year, International Achievement and Shield of Jove gongs, as he was rewarded for a spectacular season which included his world record-breaking performance at the Rio Olympics.

In addition, his coach Ans Botha was acknowledged for her efforts by being recognised as Coach of the Year.

“This is a tremendous honour, and to be acknowledged by my compatriots in this way once again makes me truly proud to be South African,” Van Niekerk said.

“To know that I have so much support from my fellow South Africans gives me the confidence and courage to keep working hard to make the nation proud.”

The 24-year-old sprinter started his 2016 campaign with a stunning victory over 100m at the Free State Provincial Championships in Bloemfontein, clocking 9.98 seconds to secure a unique record as the only man to have run under 10 seconds (100m), 20 seconds (200m) and 44 seconds (400m) in his career.

He went on to flaunt his versatility by winning the 200m title at the African Championships in Durban and forming part of the SA men’s 4x100m relay team who won gold.

In Rio in August, he produced what was later voted by International Olympic Committee members as the performance of the Games, winning 400m gold from lane eight and clocking 43.03 to shatter the 17-year-old world record held by American Michael Johnson.

“Everything this season was geared towards the Olympics, so to achieve my goals in Rio and break a record held by someone who is held in such high esteem was an incredible feeling,” Van Niekerk said.

“I’d like to thank everyone for their support – my coach Ans Botha, my family and my fans – for standing behind me and motivating me throughout the year.”

Another experienced track star and In-Site client, sprinter Ilse Hayes, was named Sportswoman of the Year with a Disability at the awards ceremony after earning two silver medals at the Rio Paralympics.

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Van Niekerk takes a stand on bullying

Wayde Van Niekerk has teamed up with Cartoon Network and ChildLine to launch an international anti-bullying campaign, CN Buddy Network, in South Africa.

The initiative, kicked off on May 7, encourages children and young people to ‘be a buddy, not a bully’, and aims to raise awareness and to empower the children of South Africa to take action against bullying.

Wayde will appear in an on-air campaign on Cartoon Network on DStv, Channel 301 which will also include an original series of animated shorts addressing the viewpoints of the bully, the bullied and the observer.

“Bullying is never acceptable and there is nothing shameful about asking for help – speaking up is the first step in making things better.” – Wayde-

Radio interview for KayaFM:

 

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Wayde Van Niekerk makes history with sub-10

Bloemfontein 12th March 2016

The world 400m champion has become the first athlete to clock sub-10 sec for 100m, sub-20 sec for 200m and sub-44 for 400m.

Van Niekerk’s 9.98 was assisted by 1.5m/s  tailwind and came after he had run 10.12 in the heats.

A dream that has become true as he posted on Instagram ” Wow!!! Truly grateful and humbled by the opportunity and talents the Lord has blessed me with. Finally reaching my childhood dream of sub 10″.

His times calculated together make him the 5th best sprinter of all times.

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Simbine breaks SA record in 9.96

8 March 2016 – At the newly launched Athletics South Africa Nite Series at Pilditch Stadium (Pretoria) Akani Simbine broke the SA record in 9.96

Simbine won the men’s 100m race breaking the SA record of 9.97 which he and Bruintijes had set last year. “it’s an amazing feeling. It’s my first race of the season so I’m surprised with my shape. I just hope I can build on this” said Simbine.

He is still planning the season towards Rio and his next competition will be the SA Championships in Stellebosch.

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Wayde Van Niekerk annouced as new ambassador of Gemona Città dello Sport

During a ceremony held in honor of Wayde Van Niekerk’s gold medal achievement in Beijing it was announced yesterday 5th September 2015 by the Mayor of Gemona Paolo Urbani that Wayde will be the new ambassador for the sport project Gemona Città dell Sport.

Not only Wayde will be benefit from the agreement but also athletes like Akani Simbine, Ruswahl Samaai, who will have access to facilities like the track, gym and swimming pool, physiotherapist services, top class accommodation and meals, which will allow them to prepare for Rio 2016 in ideal conditions.

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Wayde Van Niekerk gold medallist 400m Beijing 2015

During the recently held IAAF Worldchampionships in Athletics staged at the Bird’s nest stadium South African’s Wayde Van Niekerk won the gold medal 400m men in a new South African and African record with the time of 43.48 sec. This is also a world leading time for 2015 and the fourth fastest athlete of all time.

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Worldchampionships in Beijing 2015

It has arrived the time to fly to Beijing!

We wish all the best to the athletes who have been qualified for the World Championships! They have bee working hard all year long to be among the best athletes in the world, good luck to everyone and we hope to see some medals around your necks!

Enjoy!!!

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Rocco Van Rooyen Javelin thrower, Akani Simbine 100-200m, Justine Palframan 400m, Orazio Cremona shot put thrower, Rynardt Van Rensburg 800m, Wayde Van Niekerk 400m, Willem Coertzen Decathlon, Victor Hogan discus thrower, Ruswahl Samaai long jump, Dumisani Hlaselo 5000m.

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Wayde Van Niekerk smashed SA 200m record in Switzerland

Lucerne 14th July 2015

Wayde Van Niekerk made history becoming the first South African athlete to dip under 20 sec in the 200m.

He won the race at the meeting in Switzerland crossing the line in 19.94 sec.

An amazing birthday’s present for his 23rd birthday breaking Anaso Jobodwana’s national 200m record by 0.10.

After clocking 43.96sec in the 400m event in Paris Diamond League couple of days ago, Van Niekerk became the fourth man in African history to dip under 20sec in the 200m and under 44 in the 400m

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New PB and Gold medal for Justine Palframan in Gwanju

The 21 years old Justine Palfram coached by Mohamed Ally was untouchable in the women’s 400 m final at the World Student Games in Gwanju – Korea.

A great performance, not only for the Gold medal won by a huge margin of 0.66 sec from Poland’s Malgorzata Holub, but also for the new PB 51, 27 sec that smashes his previous one of 51. 87 sec run when she won the national title on her home track in Stellenbosch earlier this year.

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