SA monitor star Clarence Munyai following within the footsteps of Usain Bolt


Welcome to SPORTS DRIPS for this week. At this time we will likely be chatting to on of the Worlds quickest males – The world champion 4x100m mens winner – Clarence Munyai is the present South African file holder within the 200 metres, with a time of 19.69, set on 16 March 2018 on the South African nationwide championships and has already certified for the Tokyo Olympic Video games.

Clarence just lately signed for Puma following within the footsteps of Athletics Icon Usain Bolt.

Munyai, who was impressed by Usain Bolt’s electrifying performances on the 2012 London Olympics, set the nationwide file with a blistering time of 19.69 on the Nationwide Championships in 2018. He additionally competed as an 18-year-old on the 2016 Rio Olympics, making him the second youngest Observe & Subject male ever to compete for South Africa on the Video games, the place he narrowly missed out on a semi-final spot.

Coached by the legendary Hennie Kriel, Munyai reached the semi-finals on the World Championships in 2019 the place he was additionally a part of the SA 4x100m-relay crew that set a brand new African and South African file. The 23-year-old is at present a member of the 4 x 100m relay crew which has been coaching on the Athletics South Africa camp in Pretoria in preparation to problem for a medal on the Tokyo Video games.

“Clarence is a world-class sprinting expertise who has set the tack alight at a comparatively younger age. We’re proud to welcome him to the PUMA household and are excited to see his development on the worldwide stage,” mentioned Brett Bellinger, Advertising and marketing Director of PUMA South Africa.

Munyai mentioned: “Usain Bolt impressed me to dash, so it’s a dream come true to hitch PUMA and get to put on their spikes and realise my objectives, which embody making an Olympic closing and profitable a medal.”

I had the privilege to talk to Puma SA’s Brett Belinger and Clarence Munyai this week in regards to the Athletics SA partnership and the way they succeeded on the World Athletics Relay Championships:

How did the partnership with ASA come about – what enticed the model to formalise a partnership?

It’s a international deal that was signed between the PUMA World Sports activities Advertising and marketing Staff and ASA. PUMA South Africa are merely the social gathering to leverage alternatives and to make sure that we’re on the bottom with ASA to help the place we are able to.

Which athletes are you model ambassadors throughout the ASA crew?

Ruswahl Samaai, Clarence Munyai, Wenda Nel, Rikenette Steenkamp and Luke Davids.

How does it really feel to be the model behind the quickest 100m relay crew within the World?

The achievement of the Staff was implausible and it’s nice to the SA Staff with the leaping cat proudly on their chests on the highest step. After all, sprinting and high-performance monitor and area is in our blood and we now have an extended and storied historical past within the area with sprinters like Jesse Owens, Linford Christie, Asafa Powell, Andre de Grasse and Usain Bolt amongst many others but in addition our long-standing partnership with the Jamaican Athletics Federation.

Please notice that PUMA will not be the companion of the SA Olympic Staff, that may be a separate deal from the one with ASA. Nevertheless, the athletes listed will compete of their PUMA spikes through the Olympic Video games.

Chat with Clarence Munyai:

Effectively performed in your crew victory. What was going by way of your thoughts whereas ready for that announcer to name out the winners?

Ready for the outcomes was extra disturbing than the race! It felt just like the world had stopped transferring. We had labored so onerous for this this second and to win a world titles is one thing actually particular. Then to see our nation first on the massive display was actually superb. I can’t describe the sensation as a result of that’s how nice it felt.

What did your coach Paul Gorries let you know guys earlier than the race to encourage you?

Coach Paul instructed us to belief ourselves and our teammates and that if we may get the trade performed completely we may win the ultimate. He instructed us to concentrate on executing our personal race and never on our competitors as a result of we now have a extremely sturdy crew. Having a coach who believes in you actually helps on the subject of massive races.

Tokyo Olympics is the subsequent massive occasion – How assured are you guys for the crew and particular person occasions?

I’m actually assured and know I can do rather well in my particular person race over 200m and within the relay, as I’ve been working onerous for this second. I’m mentally and bodily ready however I don’t need to converse an excessive amount of about Tokyo but as there are nonetheless different races earlier than that and I have to take each race because it comes.

Your private partnership with Puma – how has the model and its merchandise enhanced your efficiency and confidence?

To have a model like PUMA supporting me on my journey by believing in my expertise and investing in me has been actually helpful. It offers me a lot motivation as a result of as an athlete I grew up watching Usain Bolt competing in PUMA gear. Figuring out the identical crew that helped him turn into a worldwide icon believes in my potential as an athlete is known as a particular feeling and a fantastic alternative which I by no means take without any consideration.


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