PUMA South Africa has signed Track & Field sensation, 200m national record holder Clarence Munyai.

Munyai, who was inspired by Usain Bolt’s electrifying performances at the 2012 London Olympics, set the national record with a blistering time of 19.69 at the National Championships in 2018. He also competed as an 18-year-old at the 2016 Rio Olympics, making him the second youngest Track & Field male ever to compete for South Africa at the Games, where he narrowly missed out on a semi-final spot.

Coached by the legendary Hennie Kriel, Munyai reached the semi-finals at the World Championships in 2019 where he was also part of the SA 4x100m-relay team that set a new African and South African record. The 23-year-old is currently a member of the 4 x 100m relay team which has been training at the Athletics South Africa camp in Pretoria in preparation to challenge for a medal at the Tokyo Games.

“Clarence is a world-class sprinting talent who has set the track alight at a relatively young age. We are proud to welcome him to the PUMA family and are excited to see his progression on the global stage,” said Brett Bellinger, Marketing Director of PUMA South Africa.

Munyai said: “Usain Bolt inspired me to sprint, so it is a dream come true to join PUMA and get to wear their spikes and realise my goals, which include making an Olympic final and winning a medal.”

Munyai joins a sparkling PUMA track & field family which includes few SA stars Henricho Bruntjies, Luke Davids, Thembo Monareng, Wenda Nel and Rikenette Steenkamp as well as world pole-vault record holder Mondo Duplantis and fellow leading vaulters Piotr Lisek and Renaud Lavillenie, world number 2 ranked woman pole-vaulter Sandie Morris, two-time world 400m hurdle champion Karsten Warholm, high hurdlers Andrew Pozzi, Wilhem Belocian and Pascal Martinot Lagarde, multiple medal winning sprinter Andre De Grasse and high jumper Gianmarco Tamberi.