Semenya heads SA line-up

2012-08-08 08:56

The spotlight will no doubt be on South African champion Caster Semenya when Team SA pursues its quest for glory on the track today.

Semenya will headline a line-up that will also launch a bid for final berths in the 200m and 110m hurdles.

Semenya will start in the second heat in lane eight.

New kid on the block Anaso Jobodwana and Lehann Fourie will be in action in their respective semifinals tonight.

Jobodwana will run the same semifinal as defending 200m champion Usain Bolt while Fourie will face off against Beijing 2008 hurdles gold winner Dayron Robles of Cuba.

Jobodwana and Fourie were the success story of yesterday’s athletics session at the Olympic Stadium together with javelin thrower Sunette Viljoen, who advanced to the final with a 65.92m heave in her first attempt during the qualification round.

Canoeist Bridgitte Hartley also reached the final in her boat in the K1 500m race.

But the day ended on a sour note for Team SA when Andre Olivier failed to go beyond the men’s 800m semifinals last night.

He finished fifth in 1:45.44.

“Technically, it was not a good run for me. I had to play a catch up the whole way. When I made a move the guys ahead of me were too strong,” said Olivier after the race.

» Team SA on Day 11
Men’s 200m: Anaso Jobodwana came second in 20.46 to qualify for the men’s 800m.

Andre Olivier bombed out of the Games as his 1:45.44 (5th) was not enough to secure a berth in the final. He came third during the heats on Monday in a time of 1:46.42.

Men’s 110m hurdles: Lehann Fourie attained a season best with his 13.49 for a second place finish in a heat that was won by defending champion Dayron Robles of Cuba in 13.33. The two will face off again tonight in heat 3.

Women’s javelin: Sunette Viljoen posted a 65.92m to win Group B in her first attempt as she advanced to the final on Thursday.

Her mark came second best to record holder Barbora Spotakova’s distance of 68.83m in Group A.

Hockey (men)
South Africa lost 6-3 to Argentina as they finished bottom of their group without a win after five pool matches.

Canoe sprints
(K1) 500m: Bridgitte Hartley qualified for Thursday’s final after winning her semifinal.

Men’s 470: Asenathi Jim and Roger Hudson came 25th in race nine and 24th in race 10 and are officially out of the medal contest on Thursday.

They are ranked at number 26 – out of 27 – in the overall fleet after yesterday’s round.

Triathlon (men)
Richard Murray finished 17 in the rankings. Great Britain won gold and bronze while Spain took silver.

» Who to watch on Day 12
Women’s 800m heats: Caster Semenya (12.35am)

Men’s 200m semifinals: Anaso Jobodwana (9.10pm)

Men’s 110m hurdles: Lehann Fourie (8.15pm); final (10.15pm)

Decathlon: Willem Coertzen – 100m (11.10am), long jump (12.10pm), shot put (2.10pm), high jump (7pm), 400m (10.30pm)

Hockey (women)
Classification 9-10: SA vs Japan (9.30am)

Seeding run: Sifiso Nhlapo (from 3.40pm)

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