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Hogan happy with fifth in discus final at World Champs

Victor Hogan provided the South African team with its highlight of the first four days of competition at the world athletic championships in Moscow on Tuesday night with a fifth place finish in the discus final.

“I’m so happy. I don’t regret anything,” said Hogan.

After the relative surprise of making the final at his first world championships, Hogan spun his discus out to 64.35 metres with his first throw, reports Sapa. “I prefer it that way as it releases a lot of stress.

“The first trial I was so nervous. I was throwing just after the world number one and two, which put a lot of pressure on me. The first one went well and the second one I tried to perform better.”

After the final round it was German Olympic champion Robert Harting who won with a throw of 69.11m.

Hogan was fourth for much of the event, and had high hopes of producing a medal-winning heave. “I think I was placed fourth I thought I’m so close to a medal and anything can happen, but I just couldn’t get a better performance and I lost one place ”

Earlier, South Africa’s Elroy Gelant secured a place in the 5000m final, following a tactical approach to Tuesday’s heat. “It was a bit of a sprint finish, but I managed to keep up well and I’m very happy to make the final,” said Gelant, who finished sixth in the first heat, in 13:25.07.

The 26-year-old had agreed a strategy with Germany’s Arne Gabius, Zane Robertson of New Zealand and Brett Robinson from Australia. “I knew we had to make it fast, so we agreed to share two laps each,” he said.

Gelant finished 11th overall, qualifying for the final as one of the fastest losers, while Ethiopian Muktar Edris, who won the second heat, ran the fastest time overall, clocking 13:20.82.

Gelant already had his tactics in place for Friday’s final, which, he said, was a stepping stone towards next year’s World Indoor championships and earning a place in the Commonwealth Games team.

“Although it’s said anything can happen in a final, realistically I will try to stick with the top five and see if I can stay with them. I want to try and finish in the top eight.”

Meanwhile, Cornel Fredericks narrowly missed out on a spot in the men’s 400m hurdles final, writes Mark Etheridge. Running in the first of three semi-final heats, Fredericks ended fourth in 48.85, one place away from making the final.

His personal best stands at 48.14, which he ran in Durban two years ago. On Tuesday, his heat was won by Trinidad and Tobago’s Jehue Gordon in 48.10. The second and third heats went to American Michael Tinsley (48.31) and Omar Cisneros of Cuba (47.93).

Frederick’s fellow SA hurdler, LJ van Zyl, failed to progress through the first round of competition.

In Wednesday action, Olympian Marc Mundell will be in action in the men’s 50km walk while Khotso Mokoena and Zarck Visser go off in the long jump qualification round. They’ll be looking for either an 8.10m automatic qualifier or to end as one of the 12 best jumpers of the two groups (29 starters in total).

And multiple SA champion Johan Cronje will race the second of three 1500m heats, looking for a top six finish in his heat or, failing that, one of six next quickest times.