Event: Women’s Long Distances Date of birth: 1985/04/09 Personal bests: 800m (2:03.36),...
Events: Men’s 100 Metres, 200 Metres
Date of birth: 1986/05/14
Personal bests: 100m (10.06, SA record), 200m (20.23)
100 Metres: 2010 African Championships, Nairobi (3rd, final); 2012 African Championships, Porto Novo (1st, final)
200 Metres: 2010 African Championships, Nairobi (3rd, final)
4x100m Relay: 2010 African Championships, Nairobi (1st, final); 2012 African Championships, Porto Novo (1st, final)
Simon Magakwe was the most unlucky of South Africa’s athletes who failed to qualify for the 2012 London Olympics due to strict criteria laid down by the SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc). Magakwe met the qualifying mark six times in the men’s 100m sprint during the domestic season and twice in the 200m event. He struggled to maintain his form, however, and did not set the qualifying standard in an international meeting, so he was left out of the Olympic team. Earlier in the year, during his season-long dominance of the short sprint on the domestic circuit, Magakwe equaled Johan Rossouw’s 24-year-old national record of 10.06 seconds at the SA Student Championships in Johannesburg. A five-time medalist at the African Championships, including relays, Magakwe has come a long way since he won the national 100m title in 2009 in a pair of borrowed shoes, and has been knocking on the door of an international breakthrough ever since. Hampered by injuries in 2013, clocking season’s bests of 10.23 and 20.74, he was confident of returning to his best form in 2014.