There are still athletes who can qualify

2012-07-04 00:00

SOUTH Africa finished third on the medal table at last week’s African Athletics Championships in Benin with six gold, 10 silver and eight bronze medals. Although this is an improvement on 2010 when 19 medals were earned it was disappointing that only 800 metres athlete Andre Olivier was able to qualify for the Olympics. Olivier crossed the line third behind Algerian Taoufik Makhloufi (1,43,88) and Kenyan Anthony Chemut (KEN) to record 1,45,09 a new personal best.

As Sunday was the final day for qualifying performances for the Olympic team, there are a number of athletes who beat the qualifying mark once in the build-up to the Games, but were unable to post the second mark that was required by Sascoc and ASA. This means that athletes such as Simon Magakwe and Tsholofelo Thipe are unlikely to be on the list for individual 100 m and 200 m sprints, when the final team is announced later today. However, there is some hope remaining for athletes, such as Oscar Pistorius, who compete in the 4x400 and 4x100 m relays.

The South African Championships medallists are: Gold: Burger Lambrechts, shot putt 19, 51 m; Simon Magakwe, 100 m, 10,29 sec; Victor Hogan, discus throw, 61,08 m, 4x100 m relay team 39,26 sec; Chris Harmse, hammer throw, 77,22 m; Lehann Fourie, 110 m hurdles, 13,60 sec. Silver: Orazio Cremona, shot putt; Zarck Visser, long jump; Oscar Pistorius, 400 m; Juanita Stander, pole vault; Elizna Naudé, discus throw; Janice Josephs, long jump; Anika Smith, high jump; Justine Robbeson, javelin throw; Charlene Potgieter, triple jump; men’s 4x400 m relay team (PC Beneke, Ofentse Mogawane, Oscar Pistorius, Willem de Beer). Bronze: Andre Olivier, 800 m; Jeannie van Dyk, pole vault; Russel Tucker, discus throw; Willie de Beer, 400 m; Ruan van Wyk, pole vault, 4,90 m; Lynique Prinsloo, long jump; Gerlize de Klerk, javelin throw; Bianca Erwee, heptathlon.

Boxer’s Thobane Changwe was the clear victor in the Waterfall SuperSpar where he opened 150-metre lead over Munya Jari and Mr Price’s Professor Mollen for the double-lapped course around Forest Hill. Changwe was the only runner to break 31 minutes, posting a time of 30,45 with Mollen closing the podium in 31,14 only six seconds off Jari’s shoulder.

The Boxer club won the team competition and Tanith Maxwell won the women’s race, edging ahead of Cary Ann Smith on the final approach to the line. Maxwell, who leaves for London later this month, ran 36,28, which also gave her the 35 to 39 age-group award.

Although not placed on the podium, the Natal Carbineers club earned the team prize.

The World Junior Championships begin next week with KZN’s middle-distance runner Adam Lipschitz and sprinter Justine Palframan among the South African team looking to bring another medal haul back from Barcelona.

On Sunday, South Coast Striders host the annual Sardine half-marathon along a very scenic route on the Old South Coast Road commencing from Douglas Mitchell Sports ground in Uvongo at 6.30 am.

There is also a 10 km distance, which is also open to runners and walkers. Kim Rice has more information at 084 511 7651.

There is substantial prize money and rewards on offer for next weekend’s Savages Izaka Challenge, which doubles as the KZN Half-marathon Championships. The event is pre-entry only and will be a compulsory selection event for the team to the SA Championships in Cape Town on August 26.

The winner in the Savages event receives R1 500 plus the KZN medal, with R1 000 and R500 for second and third, while the leading age-group athletes receive R500, R300 and R200, respectively.

There is a 10 km event. Inquiries: 078 281 6981.

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