Men’s 10km open water marathon: Chad Ho placed 10th after producing a strong finish, coming home only five seconds behind the winner and two seconds off the bronze medal.
In a nutshell: The Australian Jarrod Poort set a strong pace, swimming alone out front virtually from the start. By the first split, at 2.5km, he’d pulled out a 58 second lead over the chasing pack, led by Tunisia’s Oussama Mellouli. At that stage Ho was amongst a group and timed 64sec behind Poort, in 15th. By halfway Poort had stretched 76 seconds clear in a brave attempt to swim the 10km virtually on his own. Marc-Antonie Olivier of France was now leading the chasers with Ho 20th, 87 seconds back. At the 7.5km marker Poort still led by 40 seconds, and Mellouli had got himself at the front of the group going after him. Then, the Australian seemed to make an error and went too far past a marker and the gap closed, rapidly. He was swallowed up by the pack in the chase home and slipped to 20th overall, 40 seconds back. Ferry Weertman, of the Netherlands, came through strongest of the chasers, while Ho finished just as strongly, closing the gap quickly. It was a remarkable comeback by the South African and he placed 10th in a photo finish in 1:53.04.8, exactly five seconds off Weertman. He was 2.8sec off the bronze position. GL
Men’s 200m, heat 4: Gift Leotlea finished fourth in his heat, in 20.59 and he failed to make it through the heats. He had come to Rio with a season’s best 20.47.
Women’s javelin, qualifying: Sunette Viljoen came, launched and left with a first-throw of 63.54 metres which gained her automatic qualification into the final. Benchmark was 63.00m or at least the best 12 throwers. She’ll be more than happy to take that forward.
Men’s 400m hurdles semi-finals: LJ van Zyl ended fifth in heat two of three with a time of 49.00 seconds on the button. He needed a top two spot in the semi to get the automatic spot. Looking good until the last stages, he was passed by a host of runners in the last 50m. He would have had to run 0.15sec quicker as one of the fastest qualifiers to get through.
Women’s K1 200m B-Final: Bridgitte Hartley finished fifth in the race, with a time of 42.066sec. The winner was Hungary’s Natasha Douchev-Janic in 41.673
Men’s 470 class, Races nine and 10: Asenathi Jim and Roger Hudson wrapped up with an 18th and 23rd spot which earned them 20th spot overall after around a week of extremely hard racing.