Wesley Botton
Chief sports writer
1 minute read
23 Aug 2014
6:00 am

Top women athletes a picture of elegance

Wesley Botton

There's something gracefully elegant about watching top-flight women at the peak of their form.

Wesley Botton.

While men, blessed with natural testosterone, are faster and stronger, it’s far more pleasing to the eye to watch a women’s road race than to witness a group of men bumping and charging their way through a marathon, albeit at higher speed.

During the 1990s, South Africa was fortunate to have two of the world’s top female athletes locked in a local rivalry, earning their place among the most feared distance runners around the globe.

While Zola Budd was never the force she could have been as a senior athlete, Elana Meyer and Colleen de Reuck both reached their full potential over just about every distance recognised by the International Association of Athletics Federations.