Commonwealth Games: More gold for Team SA

2014-07-29 08:59

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Gold for Fanie van der Merwe and silver for Charl du Toit in the 100m T37 was the South African highlight on the second night of athletics at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

Meanwhile, Chad le Clos added the 100m butterfly Commonwealth title to his 200m gold earlier in the week.

Le Clos touched the wall first in a Commonwealth Games record time of 51.29 seconds last night.

Le Clos has now won five medals in Glasgow – he also took bronze in the 50m butterfly, as well as relay silver and bronze in the 4x100m and 4x200m freestyle respectively.

Earlier in the evening, Cameron van der Burgh also added to South Africa’s gold medal tally by claiming the 50m breaststroke final.

In athletics, Van der Merwe led from the start and clocked 11.65 seconds to secure the gold medal, with Du Toit in his wake in the adjacent lane.

“It was a good race, a really nice experience running with my South African mates,” said Van Der Merwe, who added the Commonwealth gold to the three medals he collected in Beijing in 2008 and the London 2012 Paralympics.

“I’m really pleased with my start and had a great transition. At the end I had a bit of a stumble, but crossing that line first was an awesome experience,” said Van der Merwe.

Du Toit was full of praise for his training partner.

“To finish next to the best in the world is an honour,” said the 21-year-old.

“I didn’t have that good a start, but I am very happy with the execution of the race,” said Du Toit, who ran a season’s best 11.89 for silver.

The pressure around Simon Magakwe’s altitude sub-10 second sprint time perhaps was too heavy last night in Scotland’s National Stadium.

The 29-year-old could only deliver a 10.33, 0.01 second faster than his time in the morning’s heat.

“I feel bad. I was not expecting this,” said Magakwe.

“My start was bad, then I tensed in the middle while trying to recover, but it was not enough.”

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