[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Current University of Johannesburg (UJ) student-athletes Ryan Mphahlele, Jayde Rosslee, and Sibusiso Msibi as well as alumnus Maxime Chaumeton have jetted to Australia to represent South Africa in the World Athletics Cross Country Championships. The championships take place on Saturday, 18 February 2023 in Bathurst, Australia.
“I think it is going to be a good, but tough outing. I mean, you know how our eastern African counterparts perform – they are there. So, it will be a highly contested competition. We have a strong mixed relay team, with the good male contestants. From a team perspective, they will be able to come back with some medals. They prepared well and I trust they will do well,” says Roger Haitengi, UJ Athletics Club Manager and Coach.
Mphahlele is the 2022 UJ Sportsman of the Year. He won a gold medal in the 1 500m at the 2022 University Sport South Africa (USSA) championships in Cape Town and a silver medal for South Africa in the 1 500m at the CAA Senior African Athletics Championships in Mauritius. He will be competing in the 4x2km distance run.
Rosslee is a first-year student at UJ and a new recruit for the UJ Athletics Club. He will be competing in the 8km distance run together with Msibi, while Chaumeton will be competing in the 10km distance run. Chaumeton is a recent UJ graduate who won several gold medals for the UJ Athletics Club in the USSA track and field and FASU cross country championships.
Over the years, the four athletes received guidance from Haitengi.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]