Distant cousins, world 400m champion Wayde van Niekerk and pocket-rocket Sevens player Cheslin Kolbe, will both be chasing silverware in their respective events at this year’s Rio Olympics.
As primary schoolers the duo played rugby in the same team but have since followed different career paths with equal success.
Van Niekerk has emerged as one of the top sprinters in track athletics while Kolbe is one of the country’s top fullbacks in the 15-man game, and a leading proponent of Sevens rugby.
Kolbe said the family was excited about the pair going to the same Olympic Games where Sevens would be making its debut at the quadrennial showpiece.
“We spoke about a month ago how we will be making history in the family with two members participating at the Olympics,” Kolbe said.