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Varsity Football at a glance

UP-Tuks started the 2016 Varsity Football season with one win and two draws out of the first five games of the season. At the time of going to print, UP sat fourth on the Varsity Football log with five points, with the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) leading.

In their season opener UP faced a tough match as they played title holders the University of Western Cape (UWC) in Cape Town. Despite taking the lead in the 8 th minute with a goal from Mogau Khuwinana, UP struggled in the second half and conceded a goal to UWC’s Suhayl Allie. The game ended 1-1, allowing UP to come home with a point.

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Carlton Cup frenzy

On Saturday 13 August 12 teams gathered at Loftus Versveld to compete in the annual Carlton Cup finals. It was a day to savour for Pretoria rugby fans, with six matches played and three champions crowned on the day. Three of the finalists were UP-affiliated teams: Tuks u/20, Tuks u/21, and Tuks-Fezelas.

The UP-Tuks first team was unfortunate not to participate in the finals, having beaten Naka Bulls 60-41 in the semi-finals. Tuks-1 would have played against Centurion-1 in the final, but technical rules prohibited the student team from partaking. The rules of the Carlton Cup state that each participating player must have played at least three matches for their respective club prior to a semi-final or final appearance. There is also a cut-off date for registration of new players. Tuks-1 did not adhere to these stipulations and therefore missed out on the final.

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Watch out for Wenda Nel: UP hurdler to feature at Rio Olympics


Road to Rio
UP-Tuks HPC 400lm hurdles athlete, Wenda Nel, secured her spot on the South African Olympic team on 15 April this year when she impressed at the South African Senior Championships in Stellenbosch. This was Nel’s first competitive 400 m hurdles event of the season and she finished in a record time of 54.85ls, which was well within the Olympic qualifying time of 56.20 s. The 27-year old hurdler competed in the 100 m and 200 m events as a Junior Championship athlete, but has since established herself as a 400 m hurdles specialist.

Nel was competing both locally and internationally in the prelude to the Olympics. She faced some challenges at. IAAF Diamond League Series in Rabat in May, but she managed a third place finish after losing some momentum in the final stretch with a time of 54.88 s. Nel was back in action at the Rome Diamond League in June when she scooped a silver medal with a time of 54.61 s in the women’s 400 m hurdles. A return to African soil saw Nel continue her winning momentum at the World Challenge event in Morocco to finish in a time of 55.36 s.

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Carina Horn can


Road to Rio
Carina Horn is currently the undisputed national 100 m sprint champion. She is considered one of the best 100 m women that the country has produced alongside names like Evette de Kerk and Geraldine Pillay. Horn achieved a personal best time of 11.06ls in the World Challenge Meeting in July last year in Madrid, equalling the 25-year old South African record. The 27- year old Horn is experienced internationally and competed up to the semi-finals in the World Championships in Beijing last year. Last month her name stood out at the Diamond League in Monaco after she was the women with the fastest start and went on to achieve third place in a time of 11.14 s. Breakthrough came for the athlete five years ago when she decided to travel to Austria to work under the guidance of mentor and coach Rainer Schopf after which her 100 m sprinting time improved by 0.53 s.

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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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