Gold, bronze in Belgrade

Mark Etheridge Two in the bag, how many more to come? Track runners Sibabalwe Mzazi and Lungisa Mdedelwa took gold and bronze respectively in the 10,000 metre race at... Read more

Mark Etheridge

Two in the bag, how many more to come? Track runners Sibabalwe Mzazi and Lungisa Mdedelwa took gold and bronze respectively in the 10,000 metre race at the World Student Games in Belgrade, Serbia, Wednesday.

This only a day after Sunette Vlijoen had set a new South African javelin record of 65.43 metres.

The track medals are South Africa’s first at the 2009 games but hopes will be high for Viljoen in the javelin final.

Mzazi won an exciting race in 28min 21.44sec to edge out Frenchman Denys Mayaud of France by the narrowest of margins (just 0.06sec). Mdedelwa clocked 28:21.52 meaning that all three were blanketed by just 0.88sec.

Mzazi and Mdedelwa were involved in another tight tussle at the 2009 Yellow Pages SA Track and Field Championships when they took second and third behind Stephen Mokoka, who has since gone on to win the recent Nedbank SA half-marathon championships in Port Elizabeth.

Yesterday’s results mean that its the first time that SA athletes have returned medals in the same evenr at the Student Games.

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