Athletics: Cork City Sports meet

2012-07-19 00:00

CAPE TOWN — Cornel Fredericks was one of the South African athletes that competed at the 61st Cork City Sports athletics meeting in Ireland on Tuesday night. Not only did he win his race, but he was also selected as the Athlete of the Meeting.

In his last race before the Olympic Games, Fredericks beat the Jamaican national champion in cool and windy conditions in the men’s 400 metre hurdles. The 22-year-old SA champion crossed the line in 49 seconds, with Green just behind him, in 49,10 seconds. Josef Robertson (JAM) finished third in 50,18 seconds.

Ofentse Mogawane, who has been selected in the 4x400 m relay team for the Olympic Games, competed in his first 200-metre race of the season, where he finished second in the B-race, clocking 21,98 seconds. Mogawane finished behind Ireland’s David Hynes (21,43 seconds). In the men’s 400-metre, Mogawane finished eighth in his race, in 47,39 seconds. The winning time was 45,30 seconds by Rabah Yousif from Sudan.

South Africa’s Juan van Deventer finished 10th in the men’s 3 000-metre race, crossing the line in 8:12,85. Australia’s Collis Birmingham won the race in 7:55,31.

The SA long jump Champion Zarck Visser ended fourth with a best of 7,50 m in the opening round of the men’s long jump. Povilas Mykolaitis (LTU) won with 7,80 m, followed by Yohei Sugai (JPN) and Matthew Burton (GBR). Sugai’s best was measured at 7,64 m, while Burton’s 7,62 m placed him in the top three.

Conditions were not ideal with the wind in the long jump reaching speeds of up to 2,9 metres/second from behind.

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