Shot put: Veteran Lambrechts top in Africa

2012-06-29 00:00

CAPE TOWN — Burger Lambrechts won his third African shot title in Benin on the opening day of the Continental Championships on Wednesday.

His opening throw of 19,51 metres won gold. Torrential rain made the circle slippery for all competitors. Lambrechts won his first Africa title in 1998, was silver medallist in 2004 and gold medallist in 2010.

“It is great because I am not young anymore. At 39 I enjoy it to compete with the younger guys. I will continue for as long as my body allows it, although I know that it will get more difficult with time to compete at this level,” said Lambrechts after the win.

Orazio Cremona’s second round put of 19,19 m earned him the silver, a step up the podium from his bronze in 2010.

South Africa were denied a clean sweep of the medals in the shot put by Egypt’s Yasser Fathy Ibrahim (18,78 m) who claimed the bronze ahead of Jaco Engelbrecht (17,91 m).

In the men’s 100 m, Simon Magakwe and Roscoe Engel qualified for the second round. Magakwe won his heat in 10,39 and Engel progressed on time (10,58) after finishing third in his heat.

Hannes Dreyer did not go through to the next round after clocking 12,26 after sustaining a slight hamstring injury. The semi­finals had to be moved due to heavy torrential rain stopped proceedings.

All athletes in the men’s 400 m proceeded to the next round. Ofentse Mogawane clocked 46,37, finishing second in his heat with Willie de Beer third, finishing the race in 46,80 and Oscar Pistorius second in 46,32 in the fifth heat

The women solidified their spots in the next round of the 400 m with Tsholofelo Thipe, Rorisang Ramonnye and Estie Wittstock heading into the semi-finals today.

Thipe comfortably won her heat in 52,06 ahead of Raasin McIntosh (LBR) with 52,63. Ramonnye beat her competitors to win her race in 53,58 and Wittstock went through after clocking the same time to finish fourth in her race.

Other athletes who went through to the next round were Zarck Visser in the men’s long jump with a leap of 7,47 m and Claudia Viljoen in the women’s 110 m hurdles.

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