Is that a cheetah!! The flash!! … no it’s Clarence Munyai!!!!
The 21 year old sprinter from South Africa has put Africa on the map! The athlete made it to this year’s African Forbes “30 Under 30” list. But this comes to us as no surprise as he has proven he deserves his position on the list.
Born and raised in the suburb of muldersdrift not too far away from Johannesburg, Clarence, one out of five children has always had a great love for sports and athletics together with his twin brother Terrence. They both used to compete and win the 200m and 100m races respectively back in high school . Clarence had excelled so much in rugby as an inside center while he was still in high school, he was good enough to secure a trial for the city’s premier professional team, the Lions.
Clarence found new love in running after watching a video of the Jamaican sprinter UsainBolt competing at the London Olympics in 2012. He immediately made a personal promise to himself that one day he too would compete at the Olympics. 4 years later the promise Munyai made to himself as a 14 year old boy came into reality as he competed at the Rio Olympics.
Clarence Munyai had to make tough decisions during the start of his career, he switched schools and he had to leave his family behind to pursue his dreams even though his parents weren’t so keen on his decisions at the time.
In 2015, aged 17, he ran a 200m of 20:77 in Pretoria, the following year he won the national U20 title with a lifetime best of 20:36, bagging him a place in the worlds U20 championships in Bydgoszcz.
Munyai has achieved a lot for himself over the years. In 2017 he was ranked 1st in 200m world juniors and 13th in the world seniors that same year. He was also ranked 4th in 200m world seniors in 2018. He also has the 11th world all time record in the 200m and the 9th all time record in 300m. The sky is just the starting point for the young South African athlete.
By: Oretha Chukwukere