DOHA – In the absence of defending champions Caster Semenya (800m) and Wayde van Niekerk (400m), the 31-member South African team for the World Championships in Doha, Qata, will be led by world champion Luvo Manyonga, who is defending his title in the men's long jump.
The team arrived in the country on Wednesday to begin their countdown to the biennial event which will be held at Khalifa International Stadium from Friday until October 6.
Among others, the SA contingent will be looking up to African long jump champion Ruswahl Samaai, Olympic javelin throw medallist Sunette Viljoen and World Championships 100m finalist Akani Simbine.
Former World Championships 200m medallist Anaso Jobodwana will also be in the frame as the team try to retain their top-three medals finish of 2017.
The squad also features world junior champion, Zeney van der Walt, who will compete in the women's 400m hurdles event as one of the team’s most exciting global young prospects.