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Sun Apr 20 00:07:19 SAST 2014

South African Shweni wins world sheep shearing title

Sapa | 03 March, 2012 16:470 Comments
Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Red Bull Racing tries his hand at sheep shearing as he visits a local farm during previews to the Australian Formula One Grand Prix on March 23, 2011 in Melbourne, Australia
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South African sheep shearer Mayenzeke Shweni was crowned world champion blade shearer on Saturday at the World Shearing Championships in Masterton, New Zealand.

Cape Wools’ spokeswoman Ona Viljoen said Shweni’s team-mate, three-time champion Zweliwile Hans, had finished second in the blade shearing division.

Shweni and Hans were full-time shearers from Sterkspruit in the Eastern Cape.

Wool shearers from 25 countries competed for the world crown in the hand and blade shearing events at the biennial competition.

Viljoen said the six-member SA team had been in New Zealand since October preparing for the event.

Sheep shearing is recognised in South Africa as a national sport and the Sheep Shearing Federation is affiliated to the SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee.


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