Nelson Mandela University student athlete Ischke Senekal proved she was the best on the continent when she won the shot put event at the African Athletics Championships on Sunday.
The 25-year-old Bestmed Madibaz Athletics Club member added the shot put gold to the bronze she won in the discus event on Friday in the continental meeting in Asaba, Nigeria.
In addition, Senekal, who was delighted with her efforts, earned selection for the African squad to compete in the Continental Cup in the Czech Republic next month.
Heading into the tournament, Senekal, who won with a throw of 17.24 metres, said she was definitely focused on earning spots on the podium.
“I wasn’t really sure what colours [of medals] I could achieve, but early on in the shot put I could see my chances of getting the gold were fairly good so I really worked hard on that one.”
The Continental Cup is the only athletics meeting where the teams compete as continents, rather than individual countries, meaning the standard is extremely high.
Senekal is looking forward to the challenge after another outstanding year in which she achieved a personal best (17.56m) in the shot put event at the University Sport South Africa meeting at Sasolburg in Gauteng.
“It started with the nationals where I won the shot put and discus titles for the third year in a row.
“Then came USSA with my personal best, followed by the World Cup in London where I ended fourth in the shot put and seventh in the discus against some of the best athletes in the world.
“And just when I think my season is over I make the African team for the Continental Cup.”
Bestmed Madibaz athletics manager Nellis Bothma said they were also proud of sprinter Luxolo Adams after his performance in Asaba.
Adams came home from the African Championships with a bronze medal in the 200m in 20.60, missing out on silver by less than 100th of a second. The race was won by compatriot Ncincilili Titi in 20.46.