Sepeng backs Semenya to win two medals in Rio
Hezekiel Sepeng is backing Caster Mokgadi Semenya to win at least two medals at the Rio Olympics which will be taking place later this month. Semenya won the 400m, 800m and 1500m at the SA Senior Track and Field Championships in April and she is flirting with the possibility of competing in both the 400m and the 800m at Rio. Sepeneg, who is an Olympic silver medalist in the 800m himself, says Semenya is a shoe-in to win gold in her specialist event the 800m, but he is not so sure about the 400m, where he thinks any medal will be a great achievement for her.
Sepeng, along with long jump silver medallist Khotso Mokoena and 400m hurdles bronze medallist Llewellyn Herbert were our guests during a special two hour broadcast of Today with John Perlman last night the athletes took us down memory lane as we reminisced about their Olympic days and how it felt being amongst the people who they have always admired and looked up to growing up.
SASCOC will announce the South African Olympic team later this morning where we will get to see who has made it to the list of athletes who will be representing South Africa at the Rio Olympics. Khotoso Mokoena is hoping to be named in that team which will see him compete at his 4th Olympics, in the triple jump, but after struggling with form, his selection is touch and go.
But Mokoena, who also won gold in the triple jump at the 2014 Commonwealth Games believes that he has the championship pedigree necessary to produce results. Crocodile adds that his experience of three Olympics is invaluable because if selected to go to Rio, he will be able to mentor the young athletes who will be competing for the first time – just as he was guided by the likes of Mbulaeni Mulaudzi past Olympics. SASCOC President Gideon Sam says he expects 10 medals from the South African team at Rio 2016.