Famous Track And Field Athletes from South Africa

List of notable or famous track and field athletes from South Africa, with bios and photos, including the top track and field athletes born in South Africa and even some popular track and field athletes who immigrated to South Africa. If you're trying to find out the names of famous South African track and field athletes then this list is the perfect resource for you. These track and field athletes are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known track and field athlete from South Africa is included when available.

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This historic track and field athletes from South Africa list can help answer the questions "Who are some South African track and field athletes of note?" and "Who are the most famous track and field athletes from South Africa?" These prominent track and field athletes of South Africa may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected South African track and field athletes.

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  • Anaso Jobodwana

    Anaso Jobodwana is a South African athlete. He competed in 200 metres at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. He ran a new personal best of 20.13 seconds to reach the final.
    • Age: 30
    • Birthplace: Eastern Cape, South Africa
  • Andre Olivier

    André Olivier is a South African middle distance runner. He won a bronze medal in the 800m race at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, behind winner Nigel Amos of Botswana and David Rudisha of Kenya. Olivier won a bronze medal at the 2008 World Junior Championships in Athletics in Bydgoszcz, Poland.
    • Age: 33
    • Birthplace: Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
  • Mokgadi Caster Semenya OIB (born 7 January 1991) is a South African middle-distance runner and 2016 Olympic gold medalist. She won gold in the women's 800 metres at the 2009 World Championships with a time of 1:55.45 and at the 2017 World Championships in her new personal best, 1:55.16. She also won the silver medal at the 2011 World Championships in the 800 metres. She was the winner of the gold medal in the 800 metre events at the 2012 Summer Olympics and 2016 Summer Olympics.Following her victory at the 2009 World Championships, it was announced that she had been subjected to sex testing. She was withdrawn from international competition until 6 July 2010 when the International ...more
    • Age: 32
    • Birthplace: Polokwane, Limpopo, South Africa
  • Cornel Fredericks

    Cornel Edwin Fredericks is a South African track and field athlete who competes in the 400 metres hurdles. His personal best for the event is 48.14 seconds. He was the silver medallist at the 2010 African Championships in Athletics and came fifth in the final at the 2011 World Championships.
    • Age: 32
    • Birthplace: Worcester, South Africa
  • Godfrey Khotso Mokoena
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    Godfrey Khotso Mokoena (born 6 March 1985 in Heidelberg, South Africa) is a South African athlete who specializes in the long jump and triple jump.
    • Age: 37
    • Birthplace: Heidelberg, Gauteng, South Africa
  • Kate Rooney (born Kate Dennison, 7 May 1984) is an English pole vaulter. She is a former British record holder both indoors and out, before both of her records were surpassed by Holly Bleasdale in 2011. Born in Durban, South Africa, Rooney came from a sporting family and moved to Alsager, England, when she was four years old. She first became interested in athletics through gymnastics. Rooney was selected to compete at national and international levels, finishing fourth in the British Championships, but did not feel passionate about the sport and changed to pole vault in 2000. She became the first British junior athlete to jump 4.00 meters, as she finished seventh at the 2002 World Junior ...more
    • Age: 38
    • Birthplace: Durban, South Africa