Wesley Botton
Chief sports writer
3 minute read
14 Nov 2021
8:00 am

Looking forward: SA stars on the rise ahead of Paris Olympics

Wesley Botton

A closer look at four of South Africa's best prospects in the early build-up to the 2024 edition of the Games.

Kyle Blignaut during the men's shot put final at the Tokyo Olympics in August. Picture: Roger Sedres/Gallo Images

There were, admittedly, more lows than highs for many of South Africa's Olympic athletes this season, but a few young stars stood out with breakthrough 2021 campaigns. After the SA team returned from this year's Tokyo Games with just three medals in the bag, they will be looking for a much bigger haul at the Paris showpiece in 2024. And while the likes of Tatjana Schoenmaker, Akani Simbine, Henri Schoeman and Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio should still be around in a couple of years, they could be joined in Paris by a handful of new medal contenders. Though there is still some...