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UJ Athletics soar at USSA championships, bringing home 20 medals UJ Athletics soar at USSA championships, bringing home 20 medals
The University of Johannesburg’s (UJ) Athletics Club performed impressively at the 2024 University Sport South Africa (USSA) Track and Field Championships, which took place... UJ Athletics soar at USSA championships, bringing home 20 medals

The University of Johannesburg’s (UJ) Athletics Club performed impressively at the 2024 University Sport South Africa (USSA) Track and Field Championships, which took place from 4 to 6 April 2024 at Coetzenburg Stadium in Stellenbosch. Despite strong winds and injury challenges, UJ athletes secured a remarkable 20 medals, showcasing their determination and talent.

Joviale Mbisha, Phemelo Ntoe, Khunedi Mashishi, Enoch Bokaba, Nkosinathi Sibiya, Naeem Razak, and Sabelo Dhlamini won gold medals for the Orange Army (UJ).

UJ’s combined team secured a well-deserved third place finish with 256 points.  The men’s and women’s teams finished strongly, ranking second with 131 and 125 points in their respective categories.

On the competition’s opening day (4 April 2024), the UJ student-athletes got off to a great start, with Bokaba and Mashishi winning the first two gold medals for Team UJ in the men’s and women’s 3000m steeplechase. Katlego Madiope and Prince Madume made UJ a strong contender, adding silver and bronze medals in the men’s event.

UJ’s golden performers:

EventAthlete(s)Time / Distance
Women’s Senior 100mJoviale Mbisha11.70sec
Men’s Senior 10km (10,000m)Phemelo Ntoe29:50.01
Women’s Senior 3000m SteepleChaseKhunedi Mashishi10:58.53
Men’s Senior 3000m SteepleChaseEnoch Bokaba09:07.92 
Men’s Senior 110m HurdlesNaeem Razak14.64
Mixed 4x100m RelayUJ A’s Bophelo Seoe, Kayla la Grange, Rorisang Padi, Joviale Mbisha0:46.42
Men’s Senior 5000mNkosinathi Sibiya13:14.08
Men’s Senior 400m HurdlesSabelo Dhlamini50.52

UJ’s silver medalists:

EventAthlete(s)Time / Distance
Men’s Senior 3000m SteepleChaseKatlego Madiope09:12.09
Mixed 4x400m RelaySabelo Dhlamini, Precious Molepo, Nhlanhla Maseko, & Akonyi Ngongo03:29.54
Women’s Senior 200mJoviale Mbisha24.31
Kayla la Grange runs the Women’s 4x400m relay – Photo-USSA

UJ’s bronze medalists:

EventAthlete(s)Time / Distance
Women’s Senior 10km (10,000m)Sisanda Dumisa36:03.91
Men’s Senior 3000m SteepleChasePrince Madume09:17.23
Men’s Senior 1500mNkosinathi Sibiya03:50.56
Women’s Senior Triple JumpMahlatse Dombeni11.98m
Men’s Senior High JumpTshwanelo Aabobe2.05m
Women’s Senior 4x400m RelayUJ’s Relay Team A03:47.87
Women’s Senior High JumpMartha Nkosi1.65m
Men’s Senior Triple JumpTshwanelo Aabobe15.72m
Women’s Senior 100mKayla La Grange11.97

Coach Roger Haitengi praised the team’s unwavering spirit. He acknowledged the impact of injuries but commended the athletes’ fighting spirit and highlighted the achievements of both the men’s and women’s teams. “I’m super proud of the team. Unfortunately, we were battling injuries with about eight students, and as a result, we lost several points.

“Nevertheless, the students fought very well for the university. We went into the championship with the right mindset, aiming to defend our 2023 title. We finished in third place, and that’s still commendable. The fact that both our male and female groups finished in second places speaks volumes,” says Haitengi.

UJ Sportswoman of the Year shines:

Living up to expectations, UJ’s 2023 Sportswoman of the Year, Joviale Mbisha, secured a commendable four medals. Mbisha’s performance included a gold in the 100m individual race and another in the 4x400m relay alongside teammates Bophelo Seoe, Kayla la Grange, and Rorisang Padi.

UJ Women’s Senior 4x100m Relay Team – Bophelo Seoe, Kayla la Grange, Rorisang Padi, and Joviale Mbisha

“I feel ecstatic; it’s been a long time coming. I trained well and also prepared as a group. I’m mentally stronger now, and I believe in myself and my hard work, accept that I’m here to compete for the top prizes. So, I’m really happy with the outcomes,” exclaimed the ecstatic Mbisha after winning four medals in the competition.

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