Vote for People’s Choice - Sports Star of the year
A.Luvo Manyonga – athleticsFollowing his recovery from drug issues and having come clean about it openly, Manyonga has always been on an upward spiral and he has even amazed himself where he gunned for Long-Jump records of stars like Mike Powell, who jumped 8.95m in 1991 at the Tokyo World Championships holds the current world record. And he has been successful. He is a true role model having come out clean about his drug addiction and having won gold at the World Championships and silver at the Olympics. US champion Jeff Henderson moved up to being a global champion when his last-round effort of 8.38m. But that was very close for Manyonga and he just wanted one micro metre to equal or even beat the US star.
B.Wayde van Niekerk – athleticsWayde Van Niekerk arrived in the post- Olympic games period as the reigning 400mr Champion and record holder. in the build up to the world championships in London he also set a brand new 300mr leading time/world record during the meet in Ostrava. Van Niekerk signalled his intent to compete in both the 200mr and 400mr events during the world championships, billed as Usain Bolt’s Swan Song. In the 400mrs he blew the field away with yet another gold medal run to defend his title. He also signalled a change of guard in men’s sprinting by running to a silver medal on the bend. He is the leading figure in men’s sprinting since the departure from the scene of Usain Bolt and bigger and better things are expected of the only man in the world who has run a sub 10 - 100, sub 20 - 200 and sub 44 – 40m. With these achievements, Van Niekerk became the first South African athlete to collect two individual sprint medals at a single athletics meeting.
C. Caster Semenya – athletics
She has been a revelation for SA following her heroics in all competitions. She smashed the women’s world 600m record in Germany in August 2017. She lit the Olympics in Brazil where she has been the winner of each race she takes part in. Even locally she has been the record breaker in the 300m, 400m and 1500m in June this year at the ASA Durban Championships.
- 13 August 2017: 800m IAAF World Championship, London; Gold – 1:55.16sec (PB, and x 3 defended)
- 10 August 2017: 800m XXX1 Olympic Games, Brazil; Gold-1:55.28sec
- 24 August 2017: 600m Germany, Gold 1:21.77sec (World record)
D.Kagiso Rabada – CricketAt 22 and playing in his 22nd Test, Rabada became the youngest of 16 South Africans to take 100 Test wickets when he led a brutal bowling display in the 254-runs win against Bangladesh in their Test in September. The win was the biggest in South Africa’s Test history. With his third 10-wicket haul in Tests, Rabada took his tally of Test wickets in 2017 to 54, the most by any bowler this year. As of June 2017, he has taken a total of five-wicket hauls in Test matches.
Chad le Clos – Swimming
- 2017 World Swim Championships, Gold in 200m butterfly.
- 2016 Rio Olympics: Gold in 50m, 100m and 200m fly, 6th at 4x100m freestyle
- 2017 World Championships: 200m Gold
- His 1:45.20sec finish at the Olympic’s 200m head made Chad one of South Africa's most decorated Olympians having completed the swim behind veteran and highly talented Sun Yang of China