International Sport

Leroux Hamman shows why hard work pays off

Team South Africa will have its full complement of men’s 400 m hurdlers at this year’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro from 5-21 August, and one of them will be UP’s very own Leroux Hamman. The 24-year-old athlete achieved the Olympic qualifying time at UP-Tuks Athletics’ opening of its new athletics track this past June, winning his race with a new personal best of 49.24 s, demolishing his previous only sub-50 run of 49.99 s. For years, Hamman was considered as one of many local 400 m hurdles runners hoping to break the 50 second barrier. According to Hamman, “four hard years of training and devotion” has allowed the UP athlete to initially change his time from 50.99 s to 49.99 s, which was the first indication that Hamman was improving.

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Rowing in Rio: men’s duty four crew

Jonty Smith, Vincent Breet, Jake Green and David Hunt are four names to remember this Olympic year. These four make up the men’s heavy duty four rowing team. They became South Africa’s fifth boat to qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games, with only two spots up for grabs at the final qualification regatta in Lucerne, Switzerland in June. Hunt and Green are UP students who have experienced a journey to qualification that has, by no means, been easy. The team missed the qualifying time at the World Rowing Championships in France last year August, and some adjustments to the team were made by promoting Lawrence Brittain (former UP student) and replacing Sizwe Ndlovu. Coach Roger Barrow said that although this was a new crew, all the athletes had performed internationally. The pressure leading up to qualification had been immense, and as Breet explained, for four years of training to come down to six minutes of racing was “mildly terrifying”.

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SA deaf cricket team competes internationally

On 5 March the South Africa Deaf Cricket Association held a capping ceremony for the players who represented South Africa in Dubai at the first Deaf International Cricket Council World Championship from 8-14 March. South Africa played against England, Pakistan and India.

The team consists of 15 men. Many of the players were born deaf, and range between the ages of 22 and 38 years old. Edward Khosa, the senior cricket manager, started off the evening by highlighting the opportunity the players had been presented with and said, “Deaf cricket tournaments are limited. The deaf cricket team last played against an international team [England] in 2013. Now in 2016 they have once again been offered the opportunity to showcase [their] talent and compete against the world’s best in [their] fraternity.”

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Leicester’s fairytale rise

Leicester Football Club are an English professional football club based in Leicester at the King Power Stadium. They play in the Barclays English Premier League (BPL), having been promoted as champions of the Football League Championship, England’s second division, in 2013/14. This signalled their return to top tier English football after a decade away. Perdeby spoke to AmaTuks coach Shaun Bartlett to gain a greater understanding of this moment in history for football, based on his expertise in the field and recent experience of the near relegation of AmaTuks in the Absa Premier League.

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English Premier League at a glance


The English Premier League kicked-off on 8 August and after two months is set to be an exciting season. Fans have seen big wins and upsets that accompany a wide showcase of goals.

Arsenal started off the season in a nervous fashion with a 2-0 loss to West Ham, but has improved as the season has progressed. One of their key victories this season was a 3-0 victory over Manchester United, proving what the club is capable of when star players such as midfielders Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil, perform. The club has been challenged with a gap in their defence with key defender Laurent Koscielny who has been missing for a good part of the season. Ozil will look to continue proving his value to the club after Arsenal reached into their pockets for 40 million pounds to sign him from Real Madrid.

Chelsea, last season’s champions, started off the season with a 2-2 draw to Swansea City and defeat to Manchester City, Crystal Palace, Everton and Southampton. Their 1-0 defeat to Stoke City showed some hope of improvement but the team will need to do better to achieve a spot on the log to play in Europe.  Star players such as winger Eden Hazard and midfield playmaker Cesc Fabregas, have been unable to display the same performances that they did last season.  Manager Jose Mourinho has been seen to struggle to get the same performances from the defence that lead the club to the title and has raised concerns around the club with his infamous media outbursts.

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