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 8-14 November 2021:

COLLEN MULAUDZI – 10km
Mulaudzi is currently in the shape of his life and his consistency in competition has made him a threat over distances from 10km up to the Half Marathon. Mulaudzi competed at the Hollywood Bets Durban Summer 10km and scooped the victory with ease in a fast time of 28:30. This time just 2 weeks after his PB (personal best) run of 28:26 at the ABSA Durban 10k CityRun event.

PRECIOUS MOLEPO – 400m
Molepo is certainly a rising star when she runs the 400m it’s poetry in motion. Molepo was in action at the PUMA School of Speed event at Ruimsig Stadium and she once again produced an outstanding performance for this late in the season. Molepo clocked a time of 54.50 seconds to win the Final of Girls 17 400m.

PABALLO RADEBE – 800m
Radebe is another of the rising middle distance athletes that need to be nurtured in SA. Radebe was outstanding in the Girls 17 800m race at the PUMA School of Speed event at Ruimsig Stadium where she went to clock a solo 2:12.13 for victory.

JOHANNES MOREPE – 1500m
Morepe is booming with confidence and it reflects in his performances. Morepe has a deceptively smooth and efficient running style which makes it look like he isn’t putting in much effort but the times reflect otherwise. This was the case at the PUMA School of Speed event at Ruimsig Stadium when he lined up in the boys u17 1500m where he destroyed the field with an impressive time of 3:54.13 which had the whole stadium on their feet.

TEMOSO MASIKANE – High Jump
Masikane is a name to look-out for in the High Jump event in the very near future. Competing in the u15 Boys High Jump he stunned many at the stadium when he cleared 2.03m!! This leap gave him a comfortable victory whilst schooling his competition.

ASANDE MTHEMBU – Long Jump
Mthembu was at it again at the PUMA School of Speed event at Ruimsig Stadium whilst competing in the final of the Boys u17 Long Jump. Mthembu didn’t have things go his way having to power through a strong head-wind (-2.0) whilst leaping to 7.38m. Things could have been better had the wind been in his favour. Will 2022 see him break through to the 8m-club? Time will tell…

AOW – BRIAN RAATS – High Jump
The BackTrack Athlete of the week for this competitive week goes to Brian Raats who has shown not only his ability to jump high but the consistency necessary to be a champion in the future. Raats was in action again at the PUMA School of Speed event at Ruimsig Stadium and just like the previous week at Tuks, he stole the show as spectators watch him soar over the bar on numerous occasions over the 2m mark. Raats cleared the 2.15m for the Boys u17 High Jump competition with ease and there was an anticipation for the 2.20m which he narrowly missed out on clearing. It was certainly entertaining and a stand-out performance with earned him our AOW!!!

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

Written by Themba Madima