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Steenkamp & Makwala win gold in Velenje

Rikenette Steenkamp produced an excellent performance last night at the 22nd edition of the International Athletics Meeting in Velenje, Slovenia, winning the 100m hurdles in her second best time ever of 13.03s. Isaac Makwala also dominated in the 400m, winning by over a second in a time of 45.12s.

Manyonga not seriously injured

Lee-Roy Newton, group MD, gave assurance that the world’s best long jumper, Luvo Manyonga, has not injured himself seriously with his last jump at the Stockholm Diamond League Meeting on Sunday.

“At this stage, I will certainly hesitate to use the word injured. I have spoken to him afterwards and although he is in slight pain I am confident that it is nothing serious. However, when he is back at Tuks/HPC he will definitely go for a scan just to make a 100% sure. I think we will have all the answers by Wednesday. We certainly don’t want to be taking any chances before the World Championships in London as our main goal for the season is to win a medal, preferably gold,” said Newton.

To read more go to: https://www.supersport.com/athletics/sa-track-and-field/news/170619/Manyonga_is_not_seriously_injured

Manyonga remains unbeaten in Diamond League series

Luvo Manyonga produced a winning jump of 8.36m last night in Stockholm to keep his unbeaten record intact for this years Diamond League meetings.

To watch him in action go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ODrJrmJaNyM&feature=youtu.be and read more at: http://citizen.co.za/sport/athletics/1545885/luvo-manyonga-keeps-his-hot-streak-going/

Agency athletes on podium in Finland IAAF World Challenge meeting

Last night three Agency clients competed in the 55TH Paavo Nurmi Games in Turku, Finland – an  IAAF World Challenge meeting, all gaining podium finishes in their respective events:

Isaac Makwala: 400m men – 2nd place

Le Roux Hamman: 400m Hurdles men – 3rd Place

Gudaf Tsegay: 800m Women – 3rd Place

 

 

Three clients make Lions Craven Week team

Congratulations to our Rugby Clients Dameon Venter (Helpmekaar), Mark Snyman (Helpmekaar) and David Cary (Helpmekaar) for their selection into the Lions Craven Week team for 2017.

Manyonga wins in Hengelo

Luvo Manyonga again produced a stunning series of jumps to win the World Challenge meeting in Hengelo, The Netherlands, on Sunday evening. With an opening jump of 8.60m Manyonga’s position on the leaders board was never seriously challenged, but he still dug deep and produced an outstanding 8.62m on his last jump, just 3cm short of his own South African and African mark.

To read more go to: http://citizen.co.za/sport/athletics/1540017/luvo-manyonga-rattles-his-own-sa-record/

Good performances at European season opener in Prague

Agency clients performed well on Monday night at the Memorial Josef Odlozil Meeting in Prague, all achieving podium finishes.

Wenda Nel won Gold in women’s 400m hurdles, while Bronze medals were won by Cornel Fredericks in the men’s 400m hurdles and Thando Roto in to 100m sprint.

Puma sign sprint sensation Thando Roto

Cape Town, South Africa, 5 June 2017 – PUMA continues to focus on growing local athletics talent with the announcement today that the global sports brand has signed an endorsement deal with South African 100m sprint star Thando Roto.

21-year-old Roto is South Africa’s second fastest man ever over 100m having clocked a blistering 9.95sec in March 2017, which is also the 3rd fastest time in the world so far this season.

Hailing from King Williams Town in the Eastern Cape, Roto trains under the watchful eye of coach Hennie Kriel at the University of Pretoria where he is in his 2nd year of Sports Science studies. Roto is proud of his nickname ‘The Rock’, which he says is a tribute to his studious ways and focused approached to training.

Under the Forever Faster mantra PUMA will provide Roto with the best in technical apparel to help him on his way to the world stage with Speed 300 IGNITE training shoes and competition spikes, EvoSPEED Electric 5.

Commenting on his new deal with PUMA, Thando said: ”I’m excited with the partnership and looking forward to the journey with PUMA.”

Brett Bellinger, PUMA’s Marketing Director for South Africa said, “Thando is a raw talent who caught our eye with his impressive track sprint performances. He embodies the spirit and values of PUMA both on and off the track by training and competing hard. He’s a young man with a huge future and we’re pleased to play a part of the success that will come.”

The signing of Thando Roto follows last years’ announcement of partnerships between PUMA and up and coming track stars Gezelle Magerman, Malesela Senona and longstanding sponsorship of fellow 100m sub10 sprinter Henricho Bruintjies.

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