Wesley Botton
Chief sports writer
3 minute read
25 Sep 2019
6:56 am

Feast to famine: Why SA should expect a medal drought at the World Champs

Wesley Botton

It's not just about the absence of Caster Semenya and Wayde van Niekerk...

Wayde van Niekerk and Caster Semenya during the day 1 of the 2019 Sizwe Medical Fund & 3SixtyLife ASA Senior Track & Field and Combined Events Championships at Germiston Athletics Stadium on April 25, 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Roger Sedres/Gallo Images)

With the national team hoping to bounce back from a below-par 2019 campaign at the IAAF World Championships starting in Doha on Friday, there are a few athletes who will be chasing podium places, and it's not all doom and gloom for the sport. After a steady rise in recent years, however, South African athletics has faced a decline at elite level this season and the national squad is unlikely to match the six medals achieved at the 2017 edition of the global showpiece. A relatively bleak image has been painted on the eve of the biennial championships. We take...