JOHANNESBURG – A nine-member team has been announced by Athletics South Africa (ASA) for the 100km World Championships in Sveti, Croatia, on September 8.
It is being organised by the International Association of Ultrarunners (IAU).
The men's team, consisting of five athletes, will be led by three-time Comrades Marathon winner Bongmusa Mthembu, who secured the silver medal at the previous edition of the ultra-distance championships in Los Alcazares, Spain in 2016.
In the process, he set a national 100km record of 6:24:05 and helped propel the SA squad to gold in the team competition.
He will be confident of targeting another team medal alongside the likes of Ludwick Mamabolo and Claude Moshiywa, both former Comrades champions.
With ASA taking a step forward after the country was represented by a men's only team two years ago, four SA women will compete in Sveti.
They will be spearheaded by two-time Comrades gold medallist Salome Cooper plus Fikile Mbuthuma, Deanne Horn and Lisa Collet.
“We congratulate all athletes for their selection,” said Aleck Skhosana, president of ASA. “They have a serious task ahead and a world to conquer. The female contingent are a new addition as in the last edition we only sent a male-only national team.
“While the men are going to fight to defend the team prize, the women are looking to emulate that, while chasing individual glory as well.”
The South African team is:
Bongmusa Mthembu (KZNA, Arthur Ford AC)
Ludwick Mamabolo (AGN, Nedbank AC)
Best Ngwenya (AGN Nedbank AC)
Claude Moshiywa (AGN Nedbank AC)
Nkosinathi Duma (KZNA Arthur Ford AC)
Fikile Mbuthuma (KZNA Nedbank AC)
Deanne Horn (AGN Nedbank AC)
Lisa Collett (KZNA Boxer AC)
Salome Cooper (CGA Easy Equities born2run AC)
Team management: George Lamb (Manager)
Nick Bester (Coach)
Lindsey Parry (Coach)
Lwethu Mabida (Coach).
African News Agency (ANA)