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SA athletes on a roll

Close to 20 of our athletes were in action in the Abendsportfest track and field meeting in Rhede, Germany.

Four of them ended victorious in the finals of their events ÔÇô Lehann Fourie, Ofentse Mogawane, Andre Olivier and Tebogo Masehla, writes Mark Etheridge.

Fourie won the 110m hurdles in 13.62 after also winning his heat in 13.75. Coming off a string of runs in the 13.5 region, Fourie is in fine form right now and it’s only a matter of time before he equals or improves on his 13.44 best.

Mogawane was an easy winner of the 400m in 45.65, inside the B-qualifying mark for the IAAF World Championships in Daegu, South Korea later this year.

Young Andre Oliver won the men’s 800min 1:51.56 with Sebota Zwelakhe second in 1:52.83 and Jerry Motsau seventh in 1:54.54.

Masehla, better known for her steeplechase exploits, won the women’s 1500m in 4:42.27.

In the sprint events, Hannes Dreyer and Thuso Mpuang both doubled up. Dreyer was second in the 100m final (10.35) and fourth in the 200m final (20.89). For his part

Mpuang was fourth in the final (10.42)and then second in the 200 (20.78).

Our representative in the women’s sprint events was Carina Horn who ended sixth in the 100m final (11.72) and fourth in the 200m (23.92).

Estie Wittstock then ended sixth in the women’s 400m with a 55.57 finish.

The men’s 3000m saw a glut of South Africans, seven in all, with the in-form Elroy Gelant best of the bunch, placing second in 7:49.92, less than a second behind Hamish Carlson of New Zealand (7:49.24). Next best was Pharson Magagane (ninth in 7:58.38). Others to run were Edwin Melepo (11th), Emmanuel Kipyego (12th), Gert Manora (13th), Dean Brummer (14th) and Dikotse Lekopa (17th).