Wesley Botton
Chief sports writer
2 minute read
1 May 2022
8:00 am

Relays might be the best option for SA medal hopes

Wesley Botton

There is sufficient depth for Akani Simbine to carry the national 4x100m relay team to the podium at the World Championships in Eugene.

Akani Simbine (left) and Clarence Munyai will lead the SA relay team this year, but Thando Dlodlo (centre) won't be available. Picture: Getty Images

As unpredictable as this season might be, with a packed international calendar caused by Covid postponements, it does seem clear that South Africa's battle to end a recent medal drought at major international championships is going to be a continued struggle. There are some athletes who will be gunning for podium places at the World Championships this year, but with Wayde van Niekerk struggling for form, Caster Semenya sidelined from the 800m event, Sunette Viljoen past her best and Luvo Manyonga trapped by drugs, the well has dried up a bit. And though the likes of experienced sprinter Akani Simbine,...