African Games Day 4 Athletics Report
Lynique Beneke celebrating her bronze medal performance. Photo by Emmarie Prinsloo
Day 4 of the African Games in Morocco brought more success for Team SA. The team won a total of an additional 3 medals on the day with numerous athletes competing in the finals as well as many athletes qualifying for more finals on day 5. Team SA’s medals were won by Lynique Beneke bronze in the Long Jump, Yolandi Stander silver in the Discus Throw and Ischke Seneke bronze in the Discus Throw.
Here’s a look at the performances from day 4:
200m Women – Heats
Tamzin Thomas began her individual journey at the African Games after bagging a silver in the 4 x 100m relay. Thomas lined-up in heat 6 of the 200m where she finished in 5th place in 23.89 seconds, but based on her time she qualified for the semi-finals later on the day.
200m Men – Heats
Team SA were well represented in the men’s heats with Chederick van Wyk and Anaso Jobodwana running in heat 4 and 7. The teammates bagged SA a bronze medal in the 4 x 100m and this time around they were aiming for individual glory. Van Wyk was the first to step on the track in heat 4 and he finished in 3rd place with a time of 20.87 seconds earning himself a lane in the semi-finals. Jobowana followed suit by also qualifying for the semi-finals by winning his heat in a comfortable 20.91 seconds.
Long Jump Women – Final
Lynique Beneke and Zinzi Chabangu were in the contest for podium finishes in the Long Jump final. Beneke who was competing in her main event finished in 3rd place with a jump of 6.30m. Chabangu, the Triple Jump specialist who bagged SA’s first medal on day 1 finished in 5th place with a jump of 6.15m.
400m Hurdles Women – Heats
Zeney van der Walt and Wenda Nel were both on a mission to qualify for the final on day 5. Van Der Walt was the first to do so when she ran in heat 2 finishing in 2nd place for an automatic qualifying spot with a time of 58.15 seconds. Nel also put in a solid run to win heat 3 in a time of 57.85 to secure her lane in the final.
400m Hurdles Men – Final
Lindsay Hanekom was SA’s hope for a medal in the 400m Hurdles final in what was a close race with 5 men in hot pursuit of the gold medal. Hanekom finished in 5th place just missing out of a medal in a time of 49.98 seconds with Malek Lahoulou from Algeria winning in 49.08 seconds.
200m Women – Semi-Finals
Tamzin Thomas stepped out in heat 2 of the semi-finals and once again finished in 5th place with a time of 24.07 but time around it was short of qualifying for the final on day 5.
200m Men – Semi-Final
Anaso Jobodwana and Chederick van Wyk were back on the track in semi-final 2 and 3. This time around Jobodwana went out first and he booked his lane in the final after finishing 2nd in a time of 20.82 seconds. Van Wyk however could not replicate his run in the heats and finished in 6th place with a time of 21.22 seconds which would not be sufficient to make the final.
Discus Throw Women – Final
Yolandi Stander and Ischke Senekal were in a good mood in the Discus Throw final. Stander gave the performance of her life throwing the discus to a personal best distance of 57.75m to finish in 2nd place. Senekal did not want to miss out on the podium party as she finished in 3rd place with a throw of 53.95m.
4 x 400m Men – Heats
The heats for men were cancelled meaning that all 8 teams got an automatic spot in the final which would be on day 5.
Written by Themba Madima