Athletics South Africa (ASA) named a strong 31-member team to compete at the 2019 IAAF World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar from 27 September to 6 October.

The South African team will be led by world champion Luvo Manyonga, who will defend his global title in the men’s long jump.

The team will be without two world class athletes, defending champions in Caster Semenya (800m) and Wayde van Niekerk (400m), who is still trying to make a full comeback from a knee injury. A big blow for Team SA.

“We have selected the best team possible and have given them the same mandate we gave two years ago, that is to bring medals. The last team lived up to the challenge and achieved six podium places, bringing home three golds, one silver and two bronze, said ASA President Aleck Skhosana.”

South Africa finished third overall on the medals table at the 2017 IAAF World Championships in London.

Manyonga will be joined at the athletics showpiece by experienced campaigners such as African long jump champion Ruswahl Samaai, Olympic javelin throw medallist Sunette Viljoen, World Championships 100m finalist Akani Simbine and former World Championships 200m medallist Anaso Jobodwana.

The squad also features one of SA’s most exciting young prospects, world junior champion Zeney van der Walt, who will compete in the women’s 400m hurdles event.

Simbine, meanwhile, will spearhead a strong men’s 4x100m relay team, while the squad also includes a 4x400m team

South Africa finished third overall on the medals table at the 2017 IAAF World Championships in London.

Manyonga and the team leaves for Doha on Tuesday morning 24 September and will return home on 8 October.

Team SA Final Team for the IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019

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