Wesley Botton
Chief sports writer
3 minute read
28 Sep 2019
7:08 am

Women in Sport: Rikenette finally has a chance, even in the shadows

Wesley Botton

The injury-prone sprinter might not be a major drawcard in Doha, but that might just suit her perfectly.

Rikenette Steenkamp of South Africa celebrates winning the Women's 100m Hurdles during day two of the Athletics World Cup London at the London Stadium on July 15, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

She won't be leading the charge at the IAAF World Championships in Doha, but Rikenette Steenkamp hopes she can take advantage of a golden opportunity by making further strides in her topsy turvy career. Despite battling with injuries, particularly with a troublesome hamstring which has seemingly kept her off the track more often than it has allowed her on it, Steenkamp has done enough over the last decade to leave her mark. The 26-year-old athlete first made waves as a teenager, while attending Hoërskool Menlopark in Pretoria, when she reached the semifinals in the 100m hurdles event at the 2009...