Photo by: Roger Sedres
Team South Africa topped the medal table of the CAA African Senior Championships at the end of day two bagging a solid 12 pieces of silverware and the medal-winning streak is about to continue this afternoon.
The youngster Chris Moleya will look to go higher than his 2.23m season’s best to finish amongst the top three in the men’s High Jump event whilst Cornel Fredericks and LJ van Zyl will fly the nation’s flag high (as usual) in the men’s 400mh finals; Fredericks and LJ are two of the most feared men in African hurdles and they can undoubtedly both secure podium positions in the one-lap hurdles race this afternoon.
Caster Semenya will be highlighting day as she takes on some fast Kenyans in the final of the women’s 1500m. Semenya’s flawless running style and confidence alone can win her the title, but let’s wait until tonight and let it sink in that greatness has no peak! South African champion, Lynique Prinsloo, will be joined by country-women Samantha Pretorius and Maryke Brits to see if they can walk away victorious in the women’s Long Jump final. Jacob Rozani, however, will join his fellow 800m stars Rynardt Van Rensburg and Kabelo Mohlosi in the men’s 800m final which expects to create quite a stir with 2012 Olympic silver medallist Nijel Amos in the mix of things. It is a championship event and anything is possible!
Rantso Mokopane, in retrospect, will be running against the clock in the hopes of qualifying for the Rio Olympic Games in the men’s 3000m Steeple-Chase final. The youngster who boats with a personal best of 8min31sec will be pushed to his best when lining up against top Kenyans Phenus Kipleting and Abraham Kibiwott who boasts with 8min06sec personal best times. The 4x 100m men and women’s relay teams are in tiptop condition and one can almost expect podium position, but let’s not count the chickens before they hatch.
Team South Africa is capable adding 5 to 7 more medals to remain at the top of the medal-tally after day three! South African athletics is back and man oh man, how great it is to witness the team doing exceptionally great at this continental competition.