Wesley Botton
Chief sports writer
2 minute read
20 Mar 2022
8:00 am

She didn’t break records, but Wenda Nel left her mark

Wesley Botton

Consistent and approachable, Nel is a shining example of what we want South African athletes to be, both on and off the track.

Wenda Nel during the women's 400m hurdles heats at last year's Tokyo Olympics. Picture: Roger Sedres/Gallo Images

It's still very early in what is going to be a long season, and there's a lot to look forward to with South Africa's elite athletes no doubt eager to make a statement after struggling for medals at major international championships over the last few years. But while she won't be the nation's top performer, and podium places might not be a priority for her, the 2022 season will revolve at least in part around the swansong campaign of one of SA's longest serving track and field stars: Wenda Nel. Role model It has been 17 years since Nel first...