Olympics: Mokoena among competitors to watch on Day 7

2012-08-03 06:47

The men’s rowing lightweight quartet of Sizwe Ndlovu, John Smith, Matthew Britain and James Thomspon were the toast of the Team SA block at the Athletes Village yesterday as their gold catapulted South Africa to a joint 10th spot on the medal table.

The foursome beat hosts Great Britain (silver) and Denmark (bronze) to take their place next to swimmers Cameron van der Burgh and Chad le Clos in the exclusive Mzansi golden club at London 2012.

Le Clos will go into the third round with American legend Michael Phelps in the 100m butterfly final (8.38pm SA time) after the South African secured his place with a win in 51.42 in his heat last night.

In another event in the pool, Roland Schoeman secured a place in the final of tonight’s 50m butterfly after registering 21.88 in the semifinals. The race starts at 9.09pm.

Gideon Louw missed out with his time of 21.92 despite finishing fifth in his heat.

Today also marks the start of the athletics events with long jumper Khotso Mokoena and the 400m hurdles pair of LJ van Zyl and Cornel Fredericks the first to set the ball rolling at the Olympic Stadium.

» Team SA on Day 6 at a glance
Shooting (Men)
Double trap, qualification rounds: Alistair Davis was ranked 15th and could not make the final.

Sailing
Men’s 470: Jim Asenathi and Roger Hudson were placed 20th (round one) and finished last in the second round. They are back in the water just after midday (12.10pm).

Hockey (Women)
South Africa remains the only side in Group B without a win following another loss, this time going down 2-0 to Germany. The Proteas are rooted at the bottom of the table with two pool matches remaining. They lost 7-1 to Argentina and 4-1 to New Zealand in their two opening fixtures.

Swimming
Men’s 50m freestyle: Roland Schoeman and Gideon Louw qualified for the semifinals at 8.32pm tonight.

Women’s 800m freestyle: Wendy Trott missed out on the final despite finishing fourth during the heats as her time of 8:28.98 did not make the final eight line-up.

Women’s 200m backstroke: Karin Prinsloo finished last in 2:11.42 during the semifinals last night. She was fifth in 2:10.34 during the heats early in the day.

» Who to watch on Day 7
Athletics
Men’s 400m hurdles heats: LJ van Zyl and Cornel Fredericks (12.15pm)

Men’s long jump qualification: Khotso Mokoena (from 8.50pm). Mokoena will start at number 16 out of the 21 hopefuls who have entered the competition.

Swimming
100m butterfly final: Chad le Clos (8.38pm)

Men’s 4x100m medley relay heats: (12.49pm)

Boxing
Men’s welterweight 69kg round of 16: Siphiwe Lusizi vs Gabriel Perez (Venezuela) (11pm)

Sailing
Men’s 470 round 3: Jim Asenathi and Roger Hudson (12.10pm)

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