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Track2015 said 4 months ago

South Africa: The Next 4x100 Powerhouse?


This has definitely been in the making since Jabodwana qualified for the 200 final in London, but are we witnessing the rise of a country that could challenge Jamaica and the US? Has Simbine peaked too soon? No one has ever ran 9.92 this early before, but as a 9.89 guy, anything is possible. Throw in Roto, who just took 0.23 seconds, yes nearly a quarter of a second off his PB running 9.95. You've got Bruintjes at 9.97, as well as Jobodwana, who can run a vicious 3rd leg as a 19.87 200m runner. Don't forget they have some guy who's also pretty quick named Van Niekerk, who's lone dabble into the 100m produced a 9.98 clocking, and has proven to appear capable of running right around Bolt's world record in the 200m, given that he split 9.8 in the 2nd 100 of his world record 400m performance.

What are people's thoughts? On paper, this is probably the fastest rising sprinting power, but can they put it together when it really matters?

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    Andrew Jones said 4 months ago

    It would be nice to see the South Africans challenge traditional 4x100m powerhouses like the US, Jamaica, UK, T&T, Canada, Japan (lately) etc.

    Two questions for me, though, re. the South Africans joining that echelon:

    1) looking at their PBs, are many of them set at high-altitude locales, like Potchefstroom and Johannesburg? I ask because if you take "thin air" times and add them together you may come up with some low totals, but will create a misleading comparable against the totals of top sprinters from other nations that don't include altitude times.

    2) baton passing...as we know good stick-handling can make a good deal of difference at the highest levels. And as the OP mentions, can a SA team "put it together when it really matters"? Inexperience at pressure-packed times would make that a question mark.

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    Lobster said 4 months ago

    If Japan can win a silver medal in Rio 2016 with very limited speed, I would bet on South Africa, with speed up the yang-yang, to achieve a high level of success. It is only a matter of time. Get them a European relay coach, and watch them go crazy. I hope that they are good, even if it's a threat to Canadian teams. This is only the beginning of Africa's rise as a sporting power.

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