African Games Day 3 Athletics Report
Wayne Snyman (R) posing with SA flag after 3rd place finsish in the 20km Walk. Photo Credit: African Athletics United
Day 3 was a successful day for team SA on both the track and field. The team had a feast on the day winning a total of 7 medals. After the bronze medal won by Zinzi Chabangu on day 1, day 2 was a very quiet day for the SA athletics team with no medals won but the team came out like a steam train on day 3.
Here’s a look at the performances from day 3:
20km Walk Men
Wayne Snyman took to the road as the only walker in team SA and he did a good job carrying SA’s walking high by bringing home the bronze medal in a time of 1:23:38.
Javelin Throw Women
Sunette Viljoen and Jo-ane van Dyk tag-teamed in the Javelin women’s final. Viljoen who has had a lengthy battle with injury in 2019 put in a brave fight to finish in 3rd place with a distance of 53.44m. Van Dyk on the other hand had Nigeria’s Promise Nwananga sweating till the end of the contest. Nwananga had the edge winning in a distance of 55.88m whilst Van Dyk finished in a close 2nd with a distance of 55.38m.
400m Hurdles Men – Heats
The duo of Lindsay Hanekom and Sokwakhana Zazini both put in solid performances but Zazini has a DQ (disqualified) on the official results next to his name for a reason we are not yet certain of. SA Champion, Hanekom didn’t have any challenges with this as he finished 1st in heat 2 to progress to the final with an automatic qualifying spot.
400m Men – Final
Thapelo Phora was in great form the entire competition cruising into the final by winning all the rounds he ran. Phora was one of the favourites going into the final with a medal a certainty based on his form. Phora did not disappoint after winning the silver medal in a time of 45.59 behind Botswana’s Leungo Scotch who won in 45.27 seconds. SA Champion, Gardeo Isaacs finished in an unusual 8th place with a time of 46.79 seconds.
100m Hurdles Women – Final
Taylon Bieldt was up against a tough field over the short hurdles and she needed a super performance to get on the podium. Bieldt did exactly that producing a season best performance of 13.40 seconds which earned her the bronze medal.
4 x 100m Relay Women – Final
The SA women’s team (Tebogo Mamatu, Tamzin Thomas, Patience Ntshingila, Lynique Beneke and Taylon Bieldt) really leveled up in the relay final. They cleaned up their performance from the heat to a much more polished performance in the final. Team SA ran a time of 44.61 seconds to claim the silver medal behind the Nigeria’s team who won in 44.16 seconds.
4 x 100m Relay Men – Final
The men’s relay team (Henricho Bruintjies, Anaso Jobodwana, Thando Dlodlo, and Chederick van Wyk) progressed into the final with the 3rd best time in the heats and they maintained the same position in the final. The team finished in 3rd place with an impressive time of 38.80 seconds to close-off a brilliant day for the athletics on the track and field.
Written by Themba Madima