A new record and more finalists for South Africa at Daegu 2011

2011-09-01 08:06

South Africa gave a good account of themselves in the morning session of the track and field events of day six of the IAAF World Championships despite two medal favourites bombing out in the first round.

Defending champion Caster Semenya jogged to a 2:01.00 in the 800m heats to make the women’s semifinals tomorrow.

Also going beyond the first round was Sunette Viljoen whose 65.34m throw in the javelin qualifiers was enough to earn her a final berth.

However, Sunette’s training partner and teammate Justine Robbeson failed to progress, finishing at a distant 10th place in the qualification rankings.

Long jumper Luvo Manyonga also delivered the goods for Team SA with a 8.04m leap while Berlin 2009 silver medallist Khotso Mokoena’s 8m jump was not enough after he posted two no jumps during the eliminators.

Another positive story that came out in the morning line-up was that of the men’s 4x400m relay team who despite finishing third during the heats, bettered the previous national mark set 12 years ago.

The team, which comprised Oscar “Blade Runner” Pistorius, Ofentse Mogawane, Willem de Beer and Shane Victor, posted 2:59.21 which was a new South African record.

The previous record of 3:00.20 was set by the now retired team of Jopie van Oudtshoorn, Hendrick Mokganyetsi, Adriaan Botha and Arnaud Malherbe at the 1999 world champs in Seville, Spain.

Follow Mothowagae on twitter @DanieMothowagae for regular updates at Daegu 2011. Follow City Press @City_Press

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