A total of 23 athletes have met the qualifying criteria set by Athletics SA for the 2018 Commonwealth Games. But six of them could fall foul of the standards demanded by the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc)‚ the body that actually gets to select the team. They stipulated top-10 rankings in the Commonwealth‚ a feat achieved by 17 of the 23 named by Athletics SA in its preliminary team on Thursday. Topping the list are world champions Caster Semenya and Luvo Manyonga. Wayde van Niekerk is not expected to be ready for competition before late in the 2018 season after undergoing knee surgery. The Gold Coast Commonwealth Games are set for early April in 2018. The six athletes ranked outside the top 10 include 2015 200m world championship bronze medallist Anaso Jobodwana and world under-18 high-jump champ Breyton Poole. The other four are Luxolo Adams (200m)‚ Stephen Mokoka (10,000m)‚ Phil-Mar Janse van Rensburg (javelin) and Justine Palframan (400m). Athle...

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