CAA African Senior Champs Review
Team SA after claiming gold in the 4 x 100m Relay at the CAA African Championships in Asaba, Nigeria
Team South Africa finished in second-place on the medal standings at the 21st edition of the Confederation of African Athletics (CAA) African Senior Championships, in Assaba, in Nigeria, that ended at the weekend.
Although South Africa led the medal standings for most of the competition, Kenya bagged more gold medals on the final day of competition which saw them top the standings.
SA won a total of 30 medals that included nine gold, 13 silver and eight bronze enjoyed a spectacular competition and produced a number of great performances. What also made the competition special was that that the squad earned double podium places in six events.
The Commonwealth Games champion Akani Simbine stormed his way to victory clocking 10.25 seconds to take the 100m title. While former SA 100m record holder Simon Magakwe joined Simbine on the podium to take third place. Magakwe follows this up after he took bronze at the inaugural Athletics World Cup, in London, last month.
SA took the sprint double in the men’s events as Ncincilili Titi who is based in the USA bolted over the line to win gold in the 200m sprits clocking 20.46 seconds with Eastern Cape born Luxolo Adams adding another bronze to his collection following his debut for SA at the Athletics World Cup.
It was a mouth-watering contest between Ruswahl Samaai and Luvo Manyonga for the men’s long jump title. In the end, it was Samaai who clinched gold with a winning jump of 8.45m to defend his title that he won two years ago.
Current SA high jump champion Chris Moleya equaled his personal best of 2.26m to jump his way to first place while countrymen Mpho Links did not walk away empty handed after he jumped 2.15m to take the bronze medal.
Seven-time national champion Victor Hogan was in fine form to win gold in the discuss event. This was the third time Hogan was crowned champion at the Africa Championships following victories in 2014 and 2012. He was joined by Werner Visser who had a good day at the office to take second place.
In the women’s shot put event current SA champion Ischke Senekal bagged gold with a distance of 17.24m, and ASA and Southern Region junior champion Mieke Strydom took third place.
In other action, Caster Semenya was smiling after she took gold in the 400m and 800m events. Her time of 49.96 seconds in the one-lap sprint event was a new national record. Semenya now holds four SA records including the 400m, 800m, 1000m and 1500m.
Western Province Athletics Antonio Alkana defended his title clocking 13.51 seconds in the men’s 110m hurdles to take gold. Alkana, a member of Bellville Athletics Club has had a consistent track and field season that includes the Commonwealth Games, Athletics World Cup and the IAAF Diamond League meets
The men’s 4x100m relay team (Akani Simbine, Simon Magakwe, Emile Erasmus and Henricho Bruintjies) could have not asked for a better outing to stop the clock at 38.25 seconds. However, the quartet missed the SA record by 0.01 seconds.
Photo by Athletics Africa
Written by Keagan Mitchell