Wesley Botton
Chief sports writer
3 minute read
25 Feb 2020
8:44 am

The no-hope Olympic team might not be so bad after all

Wesley Botton

With the 2020 domestic season barely off the ground,there is a whole lot more to smile about.

Wesley Botton.

Between 2014 and 2018, South African athletics experienced perhaps its most successful period in the history of the sport, and the results achieved were so impressive they would have rattled bones. Former administrators who caused more harm than good were booted and the spectacular performances by some athletes inspired many others, creating a snowball effect in which the standard of local track and field was pushed into a new sphere. Records tumbled across the board and medals were bagged as the likes of Wayde van Niekerk, Caster Semenya, Luvo Manyonga, Ruswahl Samaai, Sunette Viljoen, Akani Simbine and Anaso Jobodwana set...