Caster Semenya. Picture: REUTERS/LUCY NICHOLSON
Caster Semenya. Picture: REUTERS/LUCY NICHOLSON

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).

Athletics SA is keen to enter all the relays‚ which means the team size could increase.

SA have been allotted 99 spots for all individual sporting codes by the Commonwealth Games Federation‚ 25% less than the 131 entries at Glasgow 2014.

SA’s swimmers will attempt to qualify at their trials in Durban from Saturday.


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