Lythe Pillay and Ryan Mphahlele will represent the University of Johannesburg (UJ) in the 2023 World Athletics Championship scheduled for 19-27 August in Budapest, Hungary. The two UJ Athletics Club student-athletes are fresh from competing in the European athletics season.
UJ Athletics Club member and long jumper, Cheswill Johnson, joins the two students in the competition.
A specialist in the 1500m distance, Mphahlele will start his race heats on Saturday, 19 August with the semifinal taking place on Sunday, 20th. The Men’s 1500m final race will take place on Day 4 of the competition (24 August).
Pillay starts competing in the Men’s 400m race heats on Day 2 of the competition (20 August). The Men’s 400m semifinals are scheduled for Day 4 of the competition (22 August) and the final takes place on Day 6 of the competition on 24 August.
“As you embark on this incredible journey to the World Athletics Championships, UJ Sport sends the warmest well wishes and unwavering support. Your dedication, passion, and hard work have brought you to this global stage, where you’ll showcase not just your remarkable physical abilities, but also your determination and spirit,” said Ms Nompilo Zondi, Senior Manager: UJ Sport Clubs.
Ms Zondi said the students that the students’ presence alone inspires millions around the world to chase their dreams and push their boundaries. “Embrace the thrill of the competition, cherish the camaraderie with fellow athletes, and rise above any challenges that come your way. The world watches in awe as you push the limits of human potential and redefine what is possible. Good luck, bon voyage, and may the wind be always at your back,” she added.
Mphahlele recently competed in various athletics championships including the Diamond League Series as part of his preparation for the World Athletics Championship. Pillay also recently participated in the International Meetings in France and Italy.
Thus far, Mphahlele and Pillay have performed well in various competitions. They were among the UJ Athletics Club student-athletes who scooped 29 medal in the 2023 University Sport South Africa (USSA) track and field championship in Bloemfontein in May. Pillay won gold in the Men’s 400m single race and the UJ Men’s 4x400m relay team. Mphahlele also won a gold medal in the 5000m middle distance run.
UJ’s Elvis Khoza will accompany them as Coach