Cash for SA's IAAF medal-winning athletes

Athletics South Africa will pay a total of R710,000 to athletes who won gold, silver and bronze medals at the 2017 IAAF World Championships held in London in August.

Wayde van Niekerk in action at the 2017 IAAF World Championships in London. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG - Athletics South Africa announced on Wednesday that they will pay a total of R710,000 to athletes who won gold, silver and bronze medals at the 2017 IAAF World Championships held in London in August.

ASA said that a gold medal-winning athlete will pocket R150,000, a silver R100,000 and a bronze medalist R80,000.

This means 400m world record holder Wayde van Niekerk will receive a total of R250,000 for winning the gold medal in the 400m men's race and the silver medal in the 200m event.

Caster Semenya banks a total of R230,000 for winning the gold medal in the 800m women's event and the bronze medal in the 1,500m race.

For his world champion achievements, Luvo Manyonga will get R150,000 for winning the gold medal in the long jump, while Ruswahl Samaai will receive R80,000 for winning the bronze medal, also in the long jump.