Good performances from Team SA on Day 11

2012-08-07 13:25

Team South African have churned out good performances in athletics and canoeing in a bid to ease a dry medal spell since the swimmers and rowing team brought the country its only medals so far at the Olympic Games in London.

Javelin thrower Sunette Viljoen posted a 65.95m heave with her first attempt during the qualifiers to make the Thursday final (10pm SA time).

Sprinter Anaso Jobodwana and hurdler Lehann Fourie also registered strong performances in the track to advance to their respective semifinals tomorrow night.

The 100m hurdles heats run from 8.15pm while the hurdles takes off at 9.10pm – both SA time.

Jobodwana, who was ranked the third fastest in his heat, came second in 20.46 in a race that was won by former European triple champion Christophe Lemaitre in 20.34.

Fourie, whose selection to the team was questioned because he did not fulfil the mandatory Sascoc and Athletics SA selection criteria, ran a personal best 13.49 to finish behind the defending champion Dyran Robles of Cuba, who took the heat in 13.33.

Said Viljoen: “I felt really good this morning. It’s something I had dreamt of – to be an Olympic finalist. The qualification round feels like a mountain as it brings a bit of pressure.

“In Daegu (at the world championships in South Korea) I also threw 65m and won a medal. It is really going to be a special night on Thursday (in the final).”

With her competitors averaging a near 2m height, and her being the shortest in the field, Viljoen said: “I have the speed, power and faith – when we are inside the field it’s war my friend!”

Said Jobodwana: “I’m feeling good and I can run faster than that. In the semis, I’ll probably need to run 20.1 and that can take me through – anything is possible.”

In the other events, Bridgitte Hartley progressed to the canoeing sprint (K1) 500m final on Thursday (11.08am).

She finished second in the heats.

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