Nelson Mandela University student athlete Ischke Senekal was crowned the continental shot put champion when she claimed the gold medal at the African Athletics Championships on Sunday.
The 25-year-old Bestmed Madibaz Athletics Club member added the gold medal to her bronze medal on Friday in the discus event.
The African champs took place in Asaba in Nigeria.
Senekal, who was not included in the Commonwealth Games squad earlier this year, was thrilled at winning the gold medal.
“This was just another opportunity to prove that I can compete on the big stage,” she said after her throw of 17.24 metres earned her the top spot on the podium.
Her performances in Nigeria resulted in selection for the African team which will compete in the Continental Cup in the Czech Republic on September 8 and 9.
“I am really looking forward to competing on a bigger stage and there will definitely be some very tough competition at that meeting.”
Senekal has had another outstanding year in which she achieved a personal best in the shot put event.
This came at the University Sport South Africa meeting when she threw a distance of 17.56m at Sasolburg in Gauteng.
Bestmed Madibaz athletics manager Nellis Bothma said Senekal’s achievements were just reward for all the effort she had put in.
“The more opportunities she gets to compete at a higher level the better she will become because it provides great motivation,” he said.
“We are also proud of sprinter Luxolo Adams, who continues to show his prowess at the end of a very long season.”
Adams came home from the African Championships with a bronze medal in the 200m in 20.60, missing out on silver by less than 100th of a second. The race was won by compatriot Ncincilili Titi in 20.46.