Rynardt van Rensburg


800m – 1:45.40

Never mind slowly easing into the season or gradually improving his times, van Niekerk started off the season running the Eaglesclub Classic Shootout 600m and winning it in a time of 1:15.58. A time which still holds a 4th place on the 2015 World Rankings.

At the SA Senior Champs van Rensburg ran a time of 1:46.72 in the Semi Finals of the 800m and then on the same day ran a 1:46.97 in the final coming 2nd behind Andre Olivier. This proved that van Rensburg will also be ready for heats and finals come World Champs.

On the first of July van Rensburg ran a new 800m pb of 1:45.40 in Velenje, this was also the World Champs qualifying time he ran. At the World Student Games Rynardt claimed a bronze medal in the final with a slowish 1:49.30.

At the World Champs Van Rensburg will not have it easy. There Nijel Amos, Adam Kszczot, Mohammed Aman and world record holder David Rudisha awaits. But this just shows what an amazing opportunity he now has. We believe if all goes well Rynardt van Rensburg will walk out of the World Champs with not only loads of experience but a new personal best 800m time of under 1:45!