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While all eyes are focused on “the road to Rio”, three TuksSport High School students, Tlotliso “Gift” Leotlela, Clarence Munyai and Malesela Senona, are paving a road after Rio for the second generation of South African sprinters.
Leotlela (18) is well-known for running the second-fastest 100 m time ever recorded in his age category. He ran in a time of 10.20 s at the Commonwealth Youth Games in Samoa last year. Leotlela, a one-time national champion, is currently focusing on his dream to win a medal at the IAAF under-20 World Championships in Poland this year. He qualified for the championships in April this year by winning the national junior 100 m title with a time of 10.21 s, two seconds faster than the qualifying time. He also ran a personal best in the 200 m in 20.54 s in March this year, showing a two-second improvement on his performance at the Commonwealth Youth Games last year. Leotlela missed the Olympic 100 m qualifying time by only 0.08 s despite his win at the Youth Commonwealth games last year. He recently competed at a league meeting at Pilditch Stadium, winning with a 100 m time of 10.46 s, but this has left room for improvement to gain the consistent time of 10.10 s as desired by his coach, Hennie Kriel.
Munyai (18) is a two-time national champion who managed to run a 200 m Olympic qualifying time of 20.39 seconds in March. Sports Daily confirmed the possibility that Munyai could be in the 4 x 100 m relay squad for Rio, which is all dependant on the results of the rest of the South African sprinters who hope to enter the team. Munyai ran the 4 x 100 m in 40.02 s on 16 April, and despite his qualifying time he said that he is also focusing on winning a medal at the IAAF under-20 World Championships in Poland. He has yet to decide whether he prefers the 100 m or 200 m sprint and is currently a competitor to both Leotlela and Malesela. Munyai’s personal best times this year for the 200 m (20.36 seconds) took place in Germiston on 2 April, and for the 100 m (10.28ls) in Sasolburg on 8 April 2016.
The UP-Tuks women’s sevens rugby team has enjoyed a good run of form in the sevens circuit, both locally and internationally. At the heart of the team’s success are two talents in the form of Nadine Roos, who was a key contributor to the SA Select women’s seven’s victory at the Hong Kong Sevens recently, and Libbie Janse van Rensburg. The two ladies have been instrumental to the UP-Tuks sevens team, and their diligence was duly rewarded when they both received call-ups to the Springbok sevens women’s team.
UP flexed its sporting muscles at the University Sports South Africa (USSA) championships recently.
UP came first in the men’s football category and placed second in the women’s football category tournaments. The tournament took place from 21-25 March after it was postponed in December 2015 following the student protests across most university campuses in the country. The finals match saw the men’s side defending their title as USSA champions.
UP’s rugby Varsity Cup (VC) journey may have come to an end at the hands of Stellenbosch during the semi-final stage of this year’s competition, but captain Ruan Steenkamp looked back with Perdeby on the positives of the season and learning points that could serve the team well in the future.
What does the year ahead entail for UP rugby players now that VC season is over?
Some of the guys will be playing Carlton Cup for Tuks and others will be in the Currie Cup group.
UP-Tuks created a moment in Varsity Cup history on 28 March when they played against the University of Cape Town (UCT), beating them 100-25. The score line has immortalised UP-Tuks in the record books as scoring the highest point total ever in a Varsity Cup rugby match. The match offered both teams crucial opportunities: UCT looked to restore their pride and avoid an unsuccessful campaign, while UP-Tuks won a viable playoff spot. Winger Duhan van der Merwe led the charge that overwhelmed UCT with a barrage of attacking rugby that ended in a total of six tries to his name. Perdeby spoke to the winger about his experience of the historic match.