South Africa topped the medals table at the weekend’s Southern Region Senior Championships in Gaborone, Botswana.
They narrowly topped the medals table with 12 gold, five silver and six bronze for a total medal haul of 23, edging out the host nation who had one less gold medal but a bigger haul in the minor placings — 14 silvers and 11 bronzes.
Athletes from 11 countries took part and their performances showed that the standard in the souther regions zone is improving annually.
Of the South Africans Patience Ntshingila, Caster Semenya and Luvo Manyonga all┬á had satisfying returns.
Patience Ntshingila won the gold medal in the long jump with a personal best of 6.37 metres (wind +1,2m/s) and also won gold in the triple jump with a distance of 12.78m.
In the 800m Caster Semenya cruised to victory in┬á a slowish 2min 6,97sec while Luvo Manyonga improved his personal best in the long jump, albeit it with a wind-assisted jump of 7.65m.
Other South African gold medallists were Kagisho Kumbane (100m), Tshegofatso Meshoe (200m), Nombulelo Mkenku (100m), Janet Wienand (400m hurdles), Lebo Phalula (1,500m), Boy Soke (5,000m), men’s 4x100m and the 4x400m relay teams.