Top acts at Tukkies

2008-03-10 00:00

Ter de Villiers and Alwyn Myburgh provided the top performance of the sixth and final leg of the Yellow Pages Ultimate athletic series held at the new Tukkies track in Tshwane at the weekend.

Along with Ockert Cilliers, these three musketeers of South African 400 metres hurdling added the sparkle to a night on which virtually all hope of achieving Beijing qualifying marks were blown away by cold and blustery conditions that pushed the wind metre up to 2,8 metres per second for the sprints.

Cilliers took the lead through the first 200 metres, but it was De Villiers who looked to have the edge off the bend, particularly when Myburgh smashed through the eighth hurdle leaving it sprawled on the track. Regaining his balance, Myburgh charged back past Cilliers to close down on De Villiers who won the dip by 0,01 seconds to record 49,01 seconds. Cilliers, who like the others has already qualified, settled for third in 49,41 seconds.

Cheyne Rahme added five centimetres to his South African Youth pole vault record, raising the mark to 5,15 metres. This is the third time this season that the 17-year-old Tukkies athlete has broken his own mark, and a four seemed to be on the cards had he opted for a nominal 0,05 metres, as opposed to the 5,25 metres. Tukkies club mate Jan Blignaut could only clear 4,60 metres for second spot.

Earlier in the night, Chris Harmse, pushed by German competition, peppered the Olympic B qualifying zone in the hammer. Consistently landing the steel ball in the 74 to 77-metre range, the man from Orion club missed the required 78,50 metres. Qualifying is academic for the 34-year-old, as once more the athletics timetable will see the hammer being competed on a Sunday, which, due to his religious beliefs, prevents Harmse from competing.

Only Germans Jens Ratzekrantz (75,0) and Marcus Kahlmeyer (71,20) provided competition for the big man who opened his account with a best throw of 76,25 metres. With many athletes still hoping to stake their claim with appropriate qualifying marks, next week’s SA championships in Stellenbosch take on greater significance where the SA titles will provide added leverage when the Olympic selection is made.

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