Sport stars that make us #LoveSA

2017-09-09 12:52 - Gabi Zietsman
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Cape Town - We take a look at SA sports stars doing an amazing job representing South Africa on an international level.

Whenever our sports stars make waves overseas in tournaments, competitions, world cups and other events, they not only bring back glory for South Africa, but also take a little of SA with them to show to the world.

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And when everyone's talking about these sporting sensations, they ultimately want to know more about where these superhumans come from, and luckily for our corner of Africa we have some amazingly talented stars that dominate their sports.

Kevin Anderson

This tennis beast secured a seat at the US Open final on Sunday where he will battle for the championship title with Rafael Nadal, who has 15 Grand Slam titles under his belt. It's even more impressive when you know that Anderson almost had to have hip surgery earlier this year that would have excluded him from playing for a whole year.

Look how insanely happy he is!

See Sport24's coverage here - and don't miss the US Open final on when Anderson will face world number one Rafael Nadal at the Arthur Ashe Stadium at 22:00 (SAST) on Sunday.

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Phakamani Mahlambi

Mahlambi is a soccer wunderkind who on Friday got signed to champion Egyptian club Al Ahly, becoming the first South African to be playing in the Egyptian Premier League. He's only 19 years old and already on a R14 million contract, making adults everywhere wonder what they're doing with their lives.

We wish him all the best in north Africa, but hope he comes back soon.

Luvo Manyonga

This man knows how to jump for his goals. Earlier this month our favourite long jump athlete came home with a string of wins from the international athletics season, while becoming the first South African to win the long jump world title at the IAAF in London earlier this month. He has definitely jumped into the hearts of many South Africans back home.

Watch this video below to see more about his struggle to the top.

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Caster Semenya

Our famous runner has been making headlines since her surprise win in the 2009 Berlin Olympics, and she continues to run the haters into the ground after another world record set for the 600m run at ISTAF in Germany earlier this month. Who needs Usain Bolt when you have a star like Semenya?

She also has the best laugh when confronted by haters. Keep doing you.

Wayde Van Niekerk

And we cannot say how proud we are of our current 400m World Record breaker. Van Niekerk’s superb run from lane eight in the 2016 Olympic 400m final seals the #LoveSA deal. Not only did he claim South Africa’s first gold medal at the Rio Games (Semenya claimed the second), but his time of 43.03 seconds also broke the 400m world record set in 1999. 

ultimately proof, your circumstances or background have no bearing on your dreams. Go for gold, or die trying. 

Who do you think represents South Africa the best on the sport scene? Tweet us to let us know!

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