PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD
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A. Caster Semenya
Apart from being a world class middle distance performer, Semenya wrote herself into the South African athletics record books when she won no less than three distances - the 400m, 800m and 1500m races at the South African National Championships in April 2016. She is a regular on the medals podium at international athletics competitions, and has won two Olympic medals in the 800m - silver at the 2012 London Olympics, and gold at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Apart from that she has won numerous honours, including the Order of Ikhamanga (bronze) and the 2012 Sportwoman of the Year Award. She was also shortlisted for the women's 2016 World Athlete of the Year award.
B. Chad le Clos
The name "Chad le Clos" hardly needs any introduction among South African sports fans. The 24-year old swimmer is South Africa's most decorated Olympian having won three silver and one gold medal, with a vision to win more medals at the 202 Tokyo Olympics. The many national and international records he holds the 100m and 200m butterfly World records. His most memorable win was against the legendary world champion swimmer Michael Phelps, when he beat Phelps into second place at the 2012 London Olympics, winning the 200-metre butterfly even by 0,05 seconds.
C. Kagiso Rabada
South African international cricketer Kagiso Rabada has at the tender age of 21 carved a solid name for himself in the world of top class cricket. He starred in the 2014 Under-19 ICC Cricket World Cup, where he was named "the fastest and most feared bowler". He made his South African debut in late 2014, and played his first cricket Test for his country in 2015. He won the Man of the Match award in July 2015 in a match against Bangladesh, and in 2016 won no less than six Cricket South Africa awards, including Cricketer of the Year.
D. Seabelo Senatla
South African rugby wing Seabelo Senatla is a sports success story of note. From playing as a schoolboy in the prestigious Under-16 Grant Khomo Week in 2009, the talented 23-year old Freestater rose through the rugby ranks quickly, playing in the under-19 and under-21competitions for his province. He caught the eye of the national selectors soon afterwards and was selected for the Blitzbokke during the 2013-2014 seasons, including a win at the 2013 World Games in Cali. He has since become a regular in the Currie Cup and Super Rugby competitions, playing for Stormers. The highlight of his young career came when he was selected for the South African side during the 2016 Rio Olympics, where he scored a try for his side in the game against Spain, which the South Africans won 24-0.
E. Wayde van Niekerk
24-year old sprinter Wayde van Niekerk's career as a world-class athlete has seen a meteoric rise the past number of years. He made his international debut at the 2010 World Junior Championships in Athletics, and worked his way up from there through natural talent and sheer hard work, winning medals at the 2014 Commonwealth Games and the 2015 Athletics World Championships. He reached one of the highest accolades in athletics when he became the 400m world champion at the 2016 Rio Olympics, breaking the legendary Michael Johnson's long-standing record time.
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