South Africa had competitors in action across just two codes on Friday (19 August). Here is how they fared.
Men’s 50km walk: Marc Mundell finished 37th in a time of 4hr 11min 33sec
In a nutshell: After a slow start, the 2012 Olympian steadily made his way through the field. He was lying 77th, 76th and 75th at the five, 10 and 15km marks and at halfway (passed in 2:03:06) he’d moved up to 68th. With 10km to go he had improved that to 43rd and made up another six positions over the final 10km. He ended 30:05 behind gold medallist Matej Toth of Slovakia.
Women’s 20km walk: Anel Oosthuizen finished 63rd in a time of 1:45:06
In a nutshell: The 21-year-old found the going tough in her debut Olympics and was always near the back of the field as she ended 16:31 behind the winner, China’s Hong Liu. However, she’ll do well to savour the experience and know that she’s been on the biggest stage of all and be hungry for more in Tokyo 2020.
Women’s competition, round three: Paulo Reto shot another under-par round, this time a 68 to add to her earlier 75 and 67. She sits at four-under par and in tie for eighth.
Ashleigh Simon shot a six-over 77 to be at eight-over par overall after earlier rounds 75 and 69.