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Akani Simbine: South African Olympic hopeful

UP speedster Akani Simbine has broken the 100 m ten-second barrier for the third time in his career, running 9.96 s at the ASA Nite Series meeting in Pretoria on Tuesday 8 March. Having previously shared the South African record of 9.97 s with sprinting rival Henricho Bruintjies, Simbine will be pleased to claim the title as the country’s fastest 100 m sprinter for himself. With a personal best time that will certainly boost Olympic hopes, Simbine has been deemed the fastest 100 m athlete in the world so far this year.

Athletes in the 100 m sprint aspire to dipping below what many call the “magical ten-second barrier” at some point in their professional career. Once an athlete has achieved such an honour, they will find themselves ranked within an elite group of sprinters in the world. This dream first unfolded for Simbine last year when he ran 9.99 s at a meeting in Slovenia. He was soon overtaken by Bruintjies, who set a new South African record by shaving 0.02 s off of Simbine’s time. Simbine then equalled his competitor’s time at the World Student Games later that year in Gwangju, South Korea.

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Five-minutes with the physio Lihane Weyers

Perdeby sat down with the South African deaf cricket team physiotherapist and medic Lihane Weyers.
Currently studying at UP to become a registered physiotherapist, Weyers has completed many internationally accredited sport massage courses that have equipped her with everything she needs to help sport teams, such as the South African deaf cricket team.


How did you get involved in deaf cricket?

I was very involved in Northerns deaf cricket and then they pulled me up to a convention where I learned more.

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Vodacom Bulls make a Super Rugby comeback

The Vodacom Bulls looked eager to bounce back when they hosted the Melbourne Rebels on Saturday 5 March at Loftus Versfeld. After the team endured a tough start to the 2016 Super Rugby season with a defeat against the Stormers, they won back the hopes of disgruntled fans with a 45-25 victory.

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Catching up with the captain Colin Venter


Besides being the captain, what is your position in this team?
I am player number five and I play as the opening bowler.


How long have you been a part of this team?
For about five years now.

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Sascoc dashes Olympic hockey dreams

On 1 November 2015 the SA men’s and women’s hockey teams were crowned African champions after winning the Greenfields African Hockey Championships. According to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the International Hockey Federation (FIH) standards, winning the tournament meant that the hockey Proteas automatically qualified for this year’s Rio Olympics.

However, the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc), the largest sporting body in the country and the body that oversees all sport issues in South Africa, has deemed the competition within the continent to be too easy a route for the Proteas to qualify. They have therefore insisted that the teams need to finish in the top three of their rounds of the Hockey World League to qualify, instead. Both teams narrowly missed out on their targets, which has led to Sascoc preventing them from competing in Rio.

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