DOB – 25th September 1991
EVENT – LONG JUMP
MEDAL – COMMONWEALTH GAMES GLASGOW 2014 – BRONZE
PERSONAL BEST – 8.38 M
“Sport is a major part of how I conduct my day, time and even my life. Sport has been the reason for my escape from being on the streets to drugs and gangsterism. It helped me become the person I am today. It changed my life in so many ways. Ways I never though of that it could happen.”
Rushwal Samaai lives in Johannesburg, South Africa, he grew up in a poor neighbourhood of Paarl. He was driven to compete in athletics and would regularly walk nearly ten kilometres to the local running track to train. He studies transport management at the University of Johannesburg.
He made his first step on the national scene as a 19 years old at the 2011 South African Championships, where he placed third and set a PB of 7.75m
He improved in 2012 winning the national U-23 championships with 7.94m before repeating his third place at the senior championships.
His performances were remarkable also in the triple jump, although he chose to focus on the long jump. His PB in triple jump 16.10 m was set in Pretoria in 2014.
“Sport is more than just winning, although it can feed your drive to win. It is a connection between people. It could bring the best and worst out of someone. It forms friendship, family and also rivalry.”
Ruswahl Samaai began 2014 with a world- leading performance of 8.10 m.
A new personal best and his first leap over eight metres.
He cleared 8.13 m in March, placing second in the world rankings and he got closer to this measure also at the South African Championships taking the second place.
In 2014 he also started competing on the International track and field circuit having his first podium finish on the Diamond League circuit, placing third at the Adidas Grand Prix in New York. After that he was second at the Folksam Grand Prix.
He was selected to represent South Africa at the 2014 Commonwealth Games and he cleared 8.08 m in the long jump final earning the bronze medal.
He ended the season with another bronze medal at the African Games in Morocco with 7.84m
“The sentence I repeat to myself when I need to be motivated is : Phi 4:13- I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.”
In 2015 he began the season with a new PB 8.38 m in April at the national championships that placed him fourth on the world ranking, but unfortunately he could not match this result lately.
A small injure did not allow him to take part to the first international competitions of the season.
At the IAAF World Championships in Beijing he got only the 20th place with 7.79 m, but he closed the season at the 2015 Great City Games in Manchester right on the top of the podium with 7.97 m
“Sport could be a seal of change. Bringing so many people together from different parts of the whole to the difference in skin colour. Its a legacy that could go on and on for generation to come. The achievement of a person could go on for many years. Most important, sport gives me the freedom and its one of the important things in my life”
|Long jump||8.34||+0.6||Stellenbosch||16 Apr 2016|
|8.38m||+1.4||Stellenbosch||17 Apr 2015|
|8.13||-1.2||Germiston||15 Mar 2014|
|7.96||Germiston||09 Mar 2013|
|7.94||+0.8||Germiston||31 Mar 2012|
“ I’m an opportunist. I take each and every day as an opportunity. The widow for opportunity is small, that’s why I make use of every opportunity as it were my last.”
|5||8.18||Portland||20 Mar 2016|
|15th IAAF World Championships||12q2||7.79||+0.7||Beijing||24 Aug 2015|
|20th Commonwealth Games||3rd||8.08||Glasgow||July 2014|