TUT athlete bags gold in Italy

11 July 2019

Reigning 2018 TUT Sportsman of the Year, Milton Kekana has become the first TUT athlete to bag a gold medal in the 10 000-meter race at the World Student Games in Napoli, Italy.

Shadrack Nthangeni: Director of Sport and Recreation with Milton Kekana who has bagged TUT’s first gold medal at the world student games.

The 23-year old Zebediela-born Kekana put up an impressive performance on 9 July, clocking 29:29:43, well ahead of Japan. 

Kekana, a 2nd year student in Logistics, said he is happy and overwhelmed by his achievement, especially since he managed to keep the promise he made to his family, friends, relatives, coach and  team mates. 

“I couldn't sleep after the race, because I was over excited and had received lots of messages in my inbox. I am honoured by and appreciate all the support, love and positive feedback I have been receiving from the University. I promise never to let them down,” he added.

Shadrack Nthangeni, Director of Sport and Recreation, on behalf of the Directorate congratulated Kekana on his achievement after being crowned the 10 000m champion at the 2019 World Student Games. 

“TUT Sport will continue to develop and nurture talent. The University has a responsibility to empower people and create opportunities for student athletes to excel in their careers in sport. We must also acknowledge and appreciate Coach Hendrick Monganyetsi, as well as the athletics manager, Jazz Mnyengeza, who are the unsung heroes behind the achievements of our athletics team,” Shadrack said.

Kekana is currently preparing for the 25 km race where he aims to add another gold medal for team South Africa  

Milton Kekana, 10 000-meter champion with #TeamSA teammate, Adriaan Wildschutt.

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