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THE TOP RUNNER

A behind the scenes look at South African athletics

 

LJ van Zyl – Master of the Hurdles

The first time I started to feel “old” was in December of 2002. I was in JBay on holiday when I heard a familiar voice shouting something...

The Giant of the Ring

One Balmy Evening in Stellenbosch You know the opening sounds to “Thunder Struck” by ACDC? No, well here is a link to it. Have a listen....

Bullet Mbuli

Bullet. Mbuli. Silver Bullet. Hard man. Fighter. “You won’t get passed him in the home straight if he is in front.” Those are the words...

Hero of the Hurdles

Llewellyn Herbert showed his true colours when an April fool’s joke ended in an SA Record. So fierce a competitor was the Bethal-born...

The Herculean efforts of Shadrack Hoff

To watch Shadrack Hoff running is to watch poetry in motion. He glides gracefully along while churning out kilometres at a blistering...

Silver Bullet Sepeng

Hezekiel Zeekie Sepeng’s accolades are many; South Africa record holder in the 800m since 1999; first black athlete to win an Olympic...

The Guns of Gatlin

Justin Gatlin, much maligned, vilified, hated and not popular in the least, until he came to South Africa in 2018. His welcome from fans...

The day I met Michael Johnson

I have been immensely privileged to have met and interviewed some of the best athletes to have walked the planet. Athletes such as Jan...

 

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