Team SA intensifies chase for 43-medal target

2014-08-01 09:29

Team SA will participate across nine codes at the Commonwealth Games today hoping to add some more medals to its haul of 36 that stood after Day 7 of competition.

The spotlight turns to Johan Cronje (1500m) and Khotso Mokoena (triple jump) and Rocco van Rooyen (javelin) who start their campaign this afternoon.

This after athletics contributed a gold and a bronze in the track events last night.

SA champion Cornel Fredericks won the 400m hurdles final in 48.50 while Andre Olivier secured bronze in 1:46.03 in the 800m medal race.

In the para-lawn bowls, Derrick Lobban, Roger Hagerty and Deon van der Vyver strode to a gold medal in the open triples.

South Africa goes into Day 9 still placed seventh on the medals table with two days of competition remaining.

At 36 medals, Team SA have surpassed the 33-haul from the 2010 Games in Delhi, India. They have targeted 43 medals this year.

Who to follow today:

Athletics

Men’s 1500m heats: Johan Cronje (7.17pm)

Men’s javelin qualifying round: Rocco van Rooyen (from 9.40pm)

Men’s triple jump qualifying round: Khotso Mokoena (from 9.55pm)

Men’s 4x100m relay: Team SA - TBC (from 10.43pm)

Badminton

Women’s doubles quarterfinal: South Africa vs Malaysia (2.30pm)

Boxing

Men’s welterweight 69kg semifinal: Tulani Mbenge vs Scott Fitzgerald (England) – 9.30pm

Gymnastics artistic

Women’s floor final: Kirsten Beckett (5.23pm)

Hockey

Women’s semifinal: SA vs Australia (1.15pm)

Lawn bowls

Women’s pairs gold medal match: Tracy-Lee Botha, Colleen Picketh (9.45am)

Netball

Classification match: SA vs Malawi (12.45pm)

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