How Team SA fared in Daegu

2011-09-03 14:13

800m (women) Caster Semenya – attained a season best 1:58.08 to make the finals.

This is after she ran a slower 2:01.01 for a second-place finish in the first round heats.

Long jump (men) Khotso Mokoena – produced two no jumps during the qualifiers and his 8.00m was not enough to take him beyond the qualifiers.

Luvo Manyonga – made a dream debut at the senior level and finished a credible fifth overall in the final. He still has an SA-leading jump of 8.26m.

400m (men) Oscar Pistorius – the “Blade Runner” realised his dream of competing with the able-bodied at this level with a semifinal finish.

He quickly erased the embarrassment of finishing last in the semifinals by helping the 4x400m relay team to a final spot in a new national record of 2:59.21.

Cornel for a rookie at the world seniors, the Boland Athletics runner outperformed himself. He matched the likes of eventual gold winner David Greene during the heats and the 21-year-old finished fifth, ahead of Americans Bershawn Jackson and Angelo Taylor in the final.
400m hurdles (men) LJ van Zyl – The Tuks Athletics hurdler delivered what was expected of him and it was not surprising that he opened South Africa’s medal account with a bronze after a long wait.

He picked up his second medal of the competition, a silver (Friday), with the 4x400m relay team.

4x400m relay (men) Shane Victor, Ofentse Mogawane, Willie de Beer, LJ van Zyl – the quartet were the heroes of Daegu.

They set a new national record 2:59.21 in the semis and brought South Africa its first silver in the final (on Wednesday).

400m hurdles (women) Wenda Theron – another debutante in the world seniors, the 23-year-old notched up a personal best of 56.13 in the heats but her Daegu road ended in the semifinals where she finished last in the group in 57.06.3 000m steeplechase (men) Ruben Ramolefi – after four world championships appearances, the 33-year-old was beaten in the final yet again.

His consolation in Daegu was his new national record 8:11.50 he clocked in the qualifiers.

200m (men) Thuso Mpuang – the World Student Games bronze medallist ran a 21.07 in the heats and he has the last shot at his quest for a medal with the 4x100m on the closing day.

Lebogang Moeng
– one of the 11 newcomers in the seniors, the 22-year-old also exited in the first round (21.09).10 000m Stephen Mokoka – “Tshipi” finished inside the top 20, crossing the line at number 13 in the race.

Defending champion and Ethiopian legend Kenenisa Bekele limped off the track at the 6000m mark.

Javelin (women) Sunette Viljoen – her new African record throw of 68.38m took her to a bronze medal spot, just behind runner-up and world-record holder Barbora Spotakova of Czech Republic (71.58m).

Justine Robbeson – another World Student Games bronze medallist, Robbeson was touted as a medal hopeful but was not up to it, as her 58.08m throw could only get to a 10th place finish in the qualifying round.

Javelin (men) Robert Oosthuizen – he posted a disappointing 69.65m in his first attempt and his furthest throw was 73.14m, which was later followed by an injured shoulder.

Shotput (women) Simone du Toit
– a 15.83m throw followed by two no marks left the 22-year-old last in the group at position 13.110m Hurdles (men) Lehann Fourie – his 13.86m was far too short to take him into the semis.

Decathlon (men) Willem Coertzen
– participated in eight of the 10 events and brought home a consolation of a season best in the long jump (7.37m) and a personal best in the discus throw (43.13m).

Marathon (women) Rene Kalmer – came home in 2:38.16 at position 31.

Annerien van Schalkwyk finished in position 37 in 2:43.59.

» Mbulaeni Mulaudzi (men’s 800m) and Tanith Maxwell (women’s marathon) qualified for Daegu 2011 but withdrew due to injuries.

» Read other world athletics championships stories in City Press tomorrow

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