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Bruintjies en route to Rio


Road to Rio: In July 2015 Henricho Bruintjies became the third South African in history to run sub 10 seconds in the 100 m following previous feats by Simon Makgakwe and fellow Tuks athlete Akani Simbine. Bruintjies smashed Makgakwe’s record with a time of 9.97 s at the Switzerland Resisprint International meeting. This was a record breaking week for South Africa in the 100 m sprint as Simbine had run a 9.99 s a few days prior to the 9.97 s by Bruintjies.

Bruintjies started athletics in primary school and went on to become Under-23 100 m national champion in 2013 with a time of 10.44 s. Bruintjies further competed in the National Senior Championships later that year in the 100 m to claim second place behind former National Champion and now banned Simon Makgakwe. He was part of the South African 4x100 m relay team that finished seventh at the 2013 Summer Universiade tournament. Bruintjies continued his ascent as he marked his 2014 season with a new personal best of 10.17 s in the 100 m. He was also part of the record-breaking South African team that competed in the 4x100 m relay event at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games. It was a race in which he ran the opening leg to set up the team for a national record time of 38.35 s.

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While you’ve been away: USSA

UP-Tuks proved once again to be one of the top performing institutions in the University Sports South Africa (USSA) rankings as they placed within the top three of multiple sporting codes which were on display over the mid-year semester break. The USSAs are one of the premier intervarsity championships in South Africa as university institutions across SA showcase their sporting skills.

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UP’s road back to PSL following relegation

The University of Pretoria was relegated from the Premier Soccer League (PSL) after finishing second from the bottom of the log and failing to win a single one of their relegation playoff matches.Following their second from bottom finish in the PSL season, UP played playoff matches in a three team log format against Mbombela United and Highlands Park, the teams who finished third and second respectively in the National First Division (NFD).

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Gift Leotlela books ticket to Rio

Gift Leotlela of TuksSport High School has clinched a spot on the South African Olympic team competing at the 2016 Rio Olympics. The 18-year-old athlete is among the elite sprinters in the country. Leotlela qualified for the 200 m event at the Rio Olympics when he competed at the CAA Southern Region Under-20 Championships in Lusaka. He won the 200 m event in an Olympic qualifying time of 20.47 s. His training partner Clarence Munyai, who is a fellow student at TuksSport High, also qualified for the Olympics for a third time with a time of 20.45 s during the heats, only to be disqualified in the final.

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TuksSquash: meet Megan Page

Perdeby interviewed Megan Page on the TuksSquash team’s success at the USSA competition and her own performance.

TuksSquash have been one of the most consistent top performers at the USSAs. What would you attribute this to?
I believe our competitiveness at the USSA is a direct result of lots of hard work, a good training programme and dedicated players. We have a great training programme in place that is tailored and is continuously developing toward the needs of the players. Our support structure at TuksSquash is a strong one and is made up of a team of managers and coaches, which plays a huge role. Most importantly I think we have a lot of awesome players who are dedicated and proud to be part of TuksSquash, which makes it natural to try to do our best for ourselves as well as our university.

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