SA lose ground in 200m and triple jump

2011-09-02 11:56

Team South Africa fell by the way side in the morning session of competition on day 7 with sprinters Thuso Mpuang and Lebogang Moeng as well as triple jumper Tumelo Thagane all bombing out in the qualifying round.

Mpuang’s time of 21.07 in position five (out of seven finishers) and Moeng’s 21.09 for a sixth place (out of eight) fell short of the 200m heat’s criteria of taking the first three plus the three fastest times.

Had the pair progressed, they were likely to face-off Jamaican sensation Usain Bolt, who eased to a first place in his heat.

Meanwhile, Thagane registered no mark in the jumps and subsequently finished last in the 31-man group in which other Africans nations, Algeria, Cameroon and Nigeria, also failed to progress.

Thagane insisted that it was not about the pressure that comes with lining up in the events of the world champs magnitude.

“I have been exposed to the Diamond League, so the pressure was not there; it’s just that things didn’t work out for me today.

“The run-up did not work in Shenzen (China at the World Student Games) and the same is happening here. My distances were not that great.”

The Potchefstoom-based jumper said he would try his luck in the All Africa Games (AAG), which starts in Mozambique tomorrow.

“I’ll try to fix whatever was wrong with the run-up and gear myself up for the AAG. I am going there in two week’s time.”

Said Moeng: “It is my first experience at this level and I am happy to have received my national colours to get more experience. I am actually preparing for the Olympics (in London next year) and it was nice to get a feel of compete with top international sprinters.

“These guys are also human beings and there is nothing to be afraid of. In London I will just concentrate at my own game without fear.”

Mpuang, who competed at the 2009 championships in Berlin said fatigue had taken its toll after his participation at the Student Games a fortnight ago, where he won a silver medal.

“I tried to be positive but I was at the Student Games and my body was tired. I will go back to the drawing board and focus on next year (Olympic year).”

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