International Sport

Summer Universiade returns


24 Tuks athletes as well as five HPC and Tuks technical staff members have been made a part of the delegation that will represent Team South Africa at the 29th rendition of the 2017 Summer Universiade, which is set to take place from 19 to 30 August.

The Universiade, which is also referred to as the World Student Games or the World University Games, is the biggest international, multi-coded sporting competition for student athletes, and is organised by the International University Sports Federation (FISU). The event attracts thousands of young student athletes from more than 170 countries, and has become a platform for the world’s future generation of athletes to showcase their talents against the world’s best student athletes.

Last month University Sports South Africa (USSA) named and finalised a contingent of 180 members that will be sent to the event to represent Team South Africa. There are 129 members from Team South Africa who will be competing in ten sporting disciplines at the event, this includes football, water polo, tennis, athletics, fencing, golf, gymnastics, swimming, and table tennis at the event. The remaining 51 members will consist of a technical team of coaches, medical staff and managers.

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UP hurdles: LJ van Zyl and Le Roux Hamman

UP hurdlers LJ van Zyl and Le Roux Hamman competed at the Rio Olympic Games. Van Zyl managed to finish fifth in the semi-finals, and first time Olympian Hamman finished seventh in his heat. Van Zyl was given lane three in his semi-final and was competing against a lineup with Puerto Rico’s Javier Culson, Turkey’s Yasmani Copello and Jamaica’s Annsert Whyte. Van Zyl started the race with a steady pace over the first 250 m to keep up with the favourites and looked set to qualify for the final, but ran out of steam over the final stretch as Whyte and Culson made their move. Whyte won the semi-final with a time of 48.32 s and Van Zyl finished fifth with a time of 49 s. Van Zyl will now focus on the World Championships in London in 2017.

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Cameron van der Burgh wins silver in Rio


South Africa’s first medal at this year’s Rio Olympics came from Cameron van der Burgh. Van der Burgh returned as the defending 100 m breaststroke champion from the 2012 Olympic Games in London. The two-time Olympian took the silver medal in the men’s 100 m breaststroke on Sunday 8 August in a time of 58.69 s, behind Great Britain’s Adam Peaty who took gold in a world record time of 57.13 s.

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Murray Coetzee discusses upcoming Red Bull Campus Cricket

The annual Red Bull Campus Cricket tournament is nearly here. Some of the best varsity cricket teams from around the globe will assemble in Sri Lanka from 5-11 September. UP-Tuks enter this year’s tournament as two-time defending champions. UP will attempt to win it for an unprecedented third consecutive time, which would affirm the team as arguably the dominant varsity side in world cricket. UP cricket captain, Murray Coetzee, shared his thoughts on the upcoming tournament.

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Akani Simbine makes SA history in Olympic final

UP sprinter Akani Simbine narrowly missed out on a podium finish when he placed fifth in the 100 m final at the Rio Olympics.

Jamaica’s Usain Bolt took his third gold medal in the 100 m Olympic finals with a time of 9.81 s. USA’s Justin Gatlin took silver, crossing in a time of 9.89 s and Canada’s Andre de Grasse took bronze with a time of 9.91 s. Simbine was fast out of the blocks and by the 50 m mark looked on course for a medal, running neck and neck with Gatlin, who led at that stage. Bolt started in typical slow fashion but after the halfway mark powered his way through for the gold. Simbine could not sustain his pace and was overtaken by both Gatlin and De Grasse after the 50 m mark.

He still made history, however, by becoming the first South African male sprinter to make it into the final of the 100 m since South Africa’s readmission to the Olympic Games. Simbine qualified for the final as one of the two fastest sprinters outside of the top two in their respective semi-finals.


Image: Akani Simbine’s Twitter page.

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