African Games Day 1 Athletics Report
Zinzi Chabangu (R) and Patience Ntshingila (L) at the OR Tambo departing for African Championships. Photo by Backtrack Sports.
Day 1 was a solid start for Team SA in Morocco which brought forth the first medal for the team with Zinzi Chabangu claiming the bronze medal in the Triple Jump and her teammate Patience Ntshingila finishing in 4th place. Chabangu’s season best jump of 13.59m in the final was worthy of 3rd place whilst Ntshingila’s jump of 13.47m also a season best distance was just short of the medals at 4th. Chabangu’s heroics will be a good kick-start to the team’s pursuit for more silverware at the African Games.
Other results for the day:
100m Women – Heats
Tebogo Mamatu was in fine form in the 100m winning heat 1 in a comfortable 10.55 seconds to qualify for the semi-finals.
100m Men – Heats
Chederick van Wyk was also impressive in heat 1 of the 100m winning comfortably in a time of 10.39 to qualify for the semi-finals.
Thando Dlodlo won heat 2 of the 100m in 10.37 seconds to commence to the semi-finals.
Henricho Bruintjies lined up in heat 7 where he won in 10.45 seconds to qualify for the semi-finals and take all 3 men through to the semi-finals.
400m Men – Heats
Gardeo Isaacs was in heat 1 and only managed a 4th place finish so he would have to wait for all the heats to find out if he would be running in the semi-finals.
Derrick Mokaleng was in great form in heat 4 where he comfortably won his race in 46.41 seconds to get the automatic qualifying mark for the semi-finals.
Thapelo Phora cruised to victory in the heat 5 with a time of 46.81 to book his lane in the semi-finals.
100m Women – Semi-finals
Tebogo Mamatu lined-up in the semi-finals where she finished in 2nd place to book her lane in the final with a time of 11.63.
100m Men – Semi-Finals
Thando Dlodlo was the first of the SA men to line-up in the 100m semi-finals. Dlodlo finished in 3rd place missing the automatic qualifying spot but on his time he was the first in line to get a spot in the final after clocking 10.38.
Chederick van Wyk and Henricho Bruintjies lined-up in heat 3 and once again they missed out on the automatic qualifying spots finishing 3rd and 4th respectively. Van Wyk who finished in 3rd with a time of 10.41 managed to clock the next best time to go through to the final whilst Bruintjies was sacrificed by his teammate missing out of the final by a narrow 0.02 split seconds after he clocked 10.43 seconds.
800m Men – Heats
Tshepo Tshite ran in heat 1 of the 800m and he did enough to get into the semi-finals after finishing 2nd in a time of 1:50.12 for an automatic qualifying spot.
Day 2 promises to be an exciting day for SA athletes.
Written by Themba Madima