BACKTRACK ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
Athlete of the week is back! We’re getting ready to close off the 2021 season but there has still been a great string of performances being showcased by SA’s best athletes.

Here’s a look at the performances that stood out 1-7 November 2021:

BANELE SHABANGU – 200m
Shabangu has stamped her name in the next up-and-coming female sprinters to look for in SA. Shabangu continues to show her dominance over the 200m and she did the same at the PUMA School of Speed at Tuks. Shabangu clocked a time of 23.79 in the Girls u19 200m Final.

CIAN DE VILLIERS: Shot Put
De Villiers is currently in the shape of his life and this time around going head-to-head against Aiden Smith there was a lot on the line. Competing in the boys u18 Shot Put at the AVT League 5 Meeting, De Villiers threw a massive 21.12m which would have broken the record set by Aiden Smith at 21.10m for another PB and second time over the 21m mark after his massive throw at Naboomspruit of 21.08m.

ROLANDT GROSSKOPF
Grosskopf has really shown his capabilities in the 2021 season with phenomenal times which has seen him shine. His performance at the PUMA School of Speed event at Tuks once again displayed the outstanding talent that he is. Only 15 years old, he bolted to the line in his textbook running technique clocking 21.56 seconds over the 200m (w +1.2).

MARLI DIMOND – 800m
Dimond might be the new precious stone discovered in the world of middle distance. Fearless and aggressive in her approach to the race, there’s no stopping this young talent. Dimond ran an impressive 800m at the PUMA School of Speed event at Tuks which saw her win in a time of 2:11.52 for the Girls u15.

BRIAAN RAATS – High Jump
Raats has been on point all season with his form taking also seeing him represent SA at the Worls u20 Championships in Nairobi, Kenya. At the PUMA School of Speed event in Pretoria he had the spot light on him again as he put together a great series of jumps. All eyes were on the Final Boys 17 High Jump as he sailed over 2.15m and had the crowd on their feet as he did so. An athlete to definitely look out for in the future.

ASANDE MTHEMBU – Long Jump
Mthembu might be the next Long Jumper to look out for in the near future as he has shown consistency since the beginning of the 2021 season. Dominating the Final of the boys u17 Long Jump, Mthembu was unstoppable when he landed at 7.69m for victory at the PUMA School of Speed event in Pretoria.

MIGUEL CORREIA DO RIBEIRO – Shot Put
Miguel is another of the amazing throwers that has been consistent all season. This time at the ACNW League Meeting in Potchefstroom he threw a massive PB (personal best) distance of 19.26m for boys u15. Another prospect for the future to look out for.

AOW: AIDEN SMITH – Shot Put
17-year-old, Aiden Smith strikes again following up on his massive performance which led to him breaking the national u18 Shot Put record. Smith competed at the AVT League 5 Meeting and bettered his national record with a throw of 21.25m!!! Two records in two weeks and he seemed unstoppable at the moment. This has earned him our athlete of the week.

Thanks to all the SA athletes for shining and making South Africa proud with their great performances.

Photo credit: via Aiden Smith Facebook
Written by Themba Madima