Luvo, Caster top list of Commonwealth team

Luvo Manyonga has delivered on the sandpits this year and he'll be key at 2018 Commonwealth Games.
Luvo Manyonga has delivered on the sandpits this year and he'll be key at 2018 Commonwealth Games.
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A total of 23 athletes have met the qualifying criteria set by Athletics SA (ASA) for the Commonwealth Games next year.

But six of them could fall foul of the standards demanded by the SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc), the body that gets to select the team.

They stipulated top 10 rankings in the Commonwealth, a feat achieved by 17 of the 23 named by ASA in their preliminary team.

Topping the list are world championship champions Caster Semenya and Luvo Manyonga.

Wayde van Niekerk is not expected to be ready for competition until late in the 2018 season, as a result of a knee surgery. The Gold Coast Games are in April.

The six athletes ranked outside the top 10 include 200m world championship bronze medallist from 2015, Anaso Jobodwana, and world under-18 high-jump champion Breyton Poole.

The other four are Luxolo Adams (200m), Stephen Mokoka (10000m), Phil-Mar Janse van Rensburg (javelin) and Justine Palframan (400m).

ASA is keen to enter all the relays, which means the team size could increase if Sascoc agrees.

SA has been allotted 99 spots for all individual sporting codes by the Commonwealth Games Federation, 25% less than their 131 entries at Glasgow 2014.

SA swimmers will attempt to qualify at their trials in Durban from tomorrow until Friday next week.

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