A preliminary squad of 54 athletes has been named by Athletics South Africa (ASA), as the nation's top distance runners prepare to battle it out for places at two international cross country events to be held early next year.
The squad members (27 men and 27 women in the senior and junior age divisions) have been invited to participate at the ASA Cross Country Trials at the University of
Athletics South Africa (ASA) will pay a total of R710 000 to the athletes who won medals at the 2017 IAAF World Championships in London in August. This forms part of ASA’s incentive programme to achieving athletes.
A gold medal pays out R150 000, a silver R100 000 and a bronze R80 000.
World record holder Wayde van Niekerk, will therefore receive a total of R250 000
With the Commonwealth Games barely four months away, the eyes of the international athletics world will be on South Africa, having moved from 15th position in the world in 2015, to 3rd in the world after the IAAF World Championships held in London in August this year.
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