2017 In Pictures: 10 Defining Moments

A passionate sports photographer chooses his best running images from 2017.


Roger Sedres |

There are few more passionate about their subject than sports photographer Rodger Sedres, who often seems to be on a personal crusade to promote athletics and running in South Africa. Sedres travels all over the world, photographing SA’s best athletes and helping them get the recognition they deserve.

Here, he chooses his best images from 2017…

Kings of Africa
IAAF World U18 Championships, Day 4

NAIROBI, KENYA - JULY 15: Retshidisitswe Mlenga of South Africa in the semi final of the mens 200m during day 4 of the IAAF World U18 Championship held at Kasarani Stadium on July 15, 2017 in Nairobi, Kenya. (Photo by Roger Sedres/ImageSA/Gallo Images)
NAIROBI, KENYA – JULY 15: Retshidisitswe Mlenga of South Africa in the semi final of the mens 200m during day 4 of the IAAF World U18 Championship held at Kasarani Stadium on July 15, 2017 in Nairobi, Kenya. (Photo by Roger Sedres/ImageSA/Gallo Images)

Retshidisitswe Mlenga competes in the semi-final of the men’s 200m during Day 4 of the IAAF World U18 Championships in Nairobi, Kenya, on 15 July. The 17-year-old goes on to win gold in the men’s 200m final in a season’s best time of 21.03. South Africa amasses a total of 11 medals over the five-day championships, topping the table.

Bittersweet…
IAAF World Championships, Day 8

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 11: Caster Semenya of South Africa and Lynsey Sharp of Great Britain in the semi final of the women's 800m during day 8 of the 16th IAAF World Athletics Championships 2017 at The Stadium, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on August 11, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Roger Sedres/ImageSA/Gallo Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 11: Caster Semenya of South Africa and Lynsey Sharp of Great Britain in the semi final of the women’s 800m during day 8 of the 16th IAAF World Athletics Championships 2017 at The Stadium, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on August 11, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Roger Sedres/ImageSA/Gallo Images)

Caster Semenya races Briton Lynsey Sharp in the semi-final of the women’s 800m during Day 8 of the IAAF World Championships on 11 August. SA’s middle-distance runner goes on to clinch gold. Semenya also won the gold medal in the women’s 800m at the 2016 Rio Olympics – and it didn’t go down well with Sharp, who finished sixth. Sharp famously broke down in tears, saying: “Everyone can see it’s two separate races, so there’s nothing I can do.”

Morning M’Lady!
IAAF World Championships, Day 10

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 13: Lebogang Shange of South Africa walks past Buckingham Palace during the mens 20km race walk in The Mall in London during day 10 of the 16th IAAF World Athletics Championships 2017 on August 13, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Roger Sedres/ImageSA/Gallo Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 13: Lebogang Shange of South Africa walks past Buckingham Palace during the mens 20km race walk in The Mall in London during day 10 of the 16th IAAF World Athletics Championships 2017 on August 13, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Roger Sedres/ImageSA/Gallo Images)

Lebogang Shange of South Africa walks past Buckingham Palace during the men’s 20km race walk on 13 August. He is enjoying a brief lead, having catapulted his way to the front of the pack from 20th place! He eventually finishes fourth, 14 seconds off the podium.

World-class Sim
IAAF World Championships, Day 2

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 05: Akani Simbine of South Africa finishes 5th in the mens 100m final during day 2 of the 16th IAAF World Athletics Championships 2017 at The Stadium, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on August 05, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Roger Sedres/ImageSA/Gallo Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 05: Akani Simbine of South Africa finishes 5th in the mens 100m final during day 2 of the 16th IAAF World Athletics Championships 2017 at The Stadium, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on August 05, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Roger Sedres/ImageSA/Gallo Images)

Akani Simbine, SA’s fastest man, finishes fifth in the men’s 100m final, during Day 2 of the IAAF World Championships. His disappointing performance, he says, is the result of muscle issues.

So Near, And Yet…
IAAF World Championships, Day 6

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 09: Wayde van Niekerk in the semi final of the mens 200m during day 6 of the 16th IAAF World Athletics Championships 2017 at The Stadium, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on August 09, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Roger Sedres/ImageSA/Gallo Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 09: Wayde van Niekerk in the semi final of the mens 200m during day 6 of the 16th IAAF World Athletics Championships 2017 at The Stadium, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on August 09, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Roger Sedres/ImageSA/Gallo Images)

Wayde van Niekerk competes in the semi-final of the men’s 200m during Day 6 of the IAAF World Championships in London on 9 August. Van Niekerk is hoping to clinch the first 200-400m double since Michael Johnson 20 years ago, but it’s not to be – he’s pipped to the post by Turkey’s Ramil Guliyev.

Street Cred
Western Province Street Athletics

CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - Wednesday 23 August 2017, children from Wesbank participate in Western Province Street Athletics in Main Road, Wesbank. Photo by Roger Sedres
CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA – Wednesday 23 August 2017, children from Wesbank participate in Western Province Street Athletics in Main Road, Wesbank.
Photo by Roger Sedres

Children from Blue Downs participate in the Western Province Street Athletics, held in Wesbank Main Road on 23 August. The event gives children from all areas the opportunity to actively participate in athletics. It combats the growing challenges of childhood obesity, gender equality and social cohesion.

Mother City Marathon
Sanlam Cape Town Marathon

CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - Sunday 17 September 2017, during the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon, Africa's only IAAF Gold Label race. Photo by Roger Sedres/ Image SA
CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA – Sunday 17 September 2017, during the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon, Africa’s only IAAF Gold Label race.
Photo by Roger Sedres/ Image SA

Participants run the early kilometres of the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon through the city centre, with the iconic silhouette of Table Mountain behind them. The Cape Town Marathon becomes Africa’s only IAAF Gold Label race. The next step will be to join the likes of New York, Berlin and London as one of the World Marathon Majors – a dream of the organisers.

Helping Out
SA Cross Country Championships

POTCHEFSTROOM, SOUTH AFRICA - Saturday 9 September 2017, Ronen Oosthuizen of Athletics North West helps Mpho Mitchell of of Athletics Gauteng North to the finish line in the Boys U16 6km race during the South African Cross Country Championships at the North West University Joolplaas in Potchefstroom. Photo by Roger Sedres/ ImageSA
POTCHEFSTROOM, SOUTH AFRICA – Saturday 9 September 2017, Ronen Oosthuizen of Athletics North West helps Mpho Mitchell of of Athletics Gauteng North to the finish line in the Boys U16 6km race during the South African Cross Country Championships at the North West University Joolplaas in Potchefstroom.
Photo by Roger Sedres/ ImageSA

Ronen Oosthuizen of Athletics North West helps Mpho Mitchell of Athletics Gauteng North in the Boys U16 6km race during the South African Cross-Country Championships in Potchefstroom on 9 September. Mitchell had collapsed during the race; and Oosthuizen, who initially ran past him, stopped, turned around, helped him to his feet, and is seen here supporting him over the last 150 metres to the finish line. Allan Smith, national sales manager at Asics South Africa, posts the picture on Facebook, and the touching gesture goes viral – it is shared almost 15 000 times, and receives more than 3 300 comments.

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