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Leotlela wins again

KWAZI SOKHELA AND THORISO PHASHA
UP teenage sprint sensation, Gift Leotlela, exemplified his sprinting credentials in the men’s 100m final on 31 March in the final of the Varsity Athletics series. Spectators were disappointed when they found out that Leotlela’s fellow UP training partner, Thando Roto, had to withdraw from the race as a precaution due to a niggle he sustained in training.Leotlela went into the men’s 100m final undoubtedly as the favourite, and he did not disappoint as he ran a record equalling time.

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SA’s best at Varsity Athletics

CASTRO SENOKO
UP won Varsity Athletics, although other universities gave them stern competition, which included impressive performances from individual athletes.

One of the most impressive performances of the night came from Letitia Janse van Vuuren in the women’s hammer throw final. Janse van Vuuren, from North-West University (Pukke) notched up an impressive distance of 62.37 metres to break her own Varsity Athletics record. She destroyed her nearest competition, UP’s Chene Coetzee by more than 10 metres – an astonishing feat in a field that was set to be one of the most competitive on the day. Janse van Vuuren came into the meeting in serious form after breaking the South African women’s hammer throw record with an impressive 63.82 metres at the Sasol-NWU International Senior Athletics meeting in Sasolburg last week.

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UP Athletes conquer Varsity Athletics

ANTHONY JORDAAN
On 31 March, athletes and spectators descended upon the University of Pretoria’s Athletic Stadium for the final meeting of the Varsity Athletics tournament. Among the many stand-out performances on the day, there were a few athletes in particular whose results may have piqued the interest of even the harshest critics. In the field events, men’s discus athlete, Patrick Duvenhage, won with a distance of 55.27 metres and shot-putter, Ruan Combrink, threw a personal best with a distance of 17.73 metres, beating his nearest competitor from UCT who had a distance of 16.76 metres.

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Fifteen minutes with new TuksSport Director Toby Sutcliffe

 KWAZI SOKHELA
At the beginning of 2017, Toby Sutcliffe took over the reins at TuksSport from long-serving director Kobus van der Walt, who has now retired. Perdeby spoke with Sutcliffe to gain some perspective on how he has settled into the position and his vision for TuksSport.

How have you settled in thus far?

It’s been interesting [...] when you’re in your little bubble...like I was as the CEO of the High Performance Centre, you are in your bubble over there and you tend to worry about what’s happening in your bubble. You don’t look outside of the bubble, [and] now that we’ve been exposed to outside of the bubble, we’re seeing how professional sport is run by the Sports department, and Mr Kobus van der Walt did an unbelievable job. The legacy that he has left behind is something [...] that we have to build on. We cannot digress and we cannot go backwards. We can only go forward because he has done a phenomenal job.

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Cornelius speaks on TuksAthletics success

KWAZI SOKHELA
TuksAthletics has enjoyed a very strong start to the season, with UP winning the first leg of Varsity Athletics on 3 March 2016, with record-breaking performances by the likes of Akani Simbine and Clarence Munyai. Danie Cornelius, who is the head of the programme of athletics at UP, was not timid in expressing his delight at the recent results UP athletes have produced, the reasons for the success of TuksAthletics, and the goals of TuksAthletics for this season, when Perdeby spoke with him.

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