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South Africa to send their fastest ever sprinter to Portland

All but one member of South Africa's all-men’s team for the IAAF World Indoor Championships Portland 2016 will be making their IAAF World Indoor Championships debut.

National 100m record-holder Henricho Bruintjies had never competed indoors before 2016, but last year set a South African 100m record of 9.97, a mark that was equalled a few days later by Akani Simbine.

Long jumper Zarck Visser is the only member of the team to have previously competed at the IAAF World Indoor Championships. After jumping an indoor PB of 7.93m in Sopot two years ago, he went on to win the African title and take the silver medal at the Commonwealth Games. Last year he improved his outdoor best to 8.41m.

African decathlon record-holder Willem Coertzen will contest the heptathlon, while All-Africa Games champion Antonio Alkana is entered for the 60m hurdles and African bronze medallist Ruswahl Samaai will compete in the long jump.

South African team


60m: Henricho Bruintjies
60m hurdles: Antonio Alkana
Long jump: Ruswahl Samaai, Zarck Visser
Heptathlon: Willem Coertzen
4x400m: Shaun de Jager, Ofentse Mogawane, Thapelo Phora, Jon Seeliger, Sonwabiso Skhosana