Caster Semenya and Sunette Viljoen opened their 2017 seasons with victories in the third leg of the ASA Speed Series in Potchefstroom.

Semenya stepped out of her comfort zone to compete in the 3000m, winning in a personal best time of 9:36.29, with national cross country champion, Kesa Molotsane grabbing second place in 9:37.46. 

Viljoen, meanwhile, won the javelin by almost 10m as the Olympic silver medallist threw a 62.82m. Viljoen believes the best is yet to come: “As an athlete, I don’t want to settle for second best. I know in my heart I haven’t reached my best. My long term goals are the World Championships (in August) and then Commonwealth Games next year.”

Akani Simbine won the men’s 200m race in a time of 20.32 despite feeling ill building up to the race saying: “I started getting sick on Monday, and I told myself to literally just do enough to win.” 

Le Roux Hamman shocked the crowd with a surprise win over national record holder LJ van Zyl in the men’s 400m hurdles, stopping the clock at 49.70.

The last of the four legs in the ASA Speed Series will be held in Germiston on Wednesday 22nd March.

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