Tiffany Keep secured Team SA’s first gold medal of the African Games when she won the women’s mountain biking cross-country in Casablanca on Wednesday.
The 18-year-old rode a brilliant race to win and add another title to a year that includes victories in the Knysna Cycle Tour, Karkloof Classic and Herald Cycle Tour, while she was also the first U23 at the SA MTB cross-country championship.
She covered the seven 5km laps in 1hr 39min 35sec. She beat the Mauritian pair of Aurelie Cambillau and Kim LeCourt into silver and bronze by 1:20.3. Keep basically controlled the race from the start and kept her composure to the end to claim the African Games title. Only 11 of the 16 starters finished the tough race.
Other Team SA results on Wednesday:
Women’s Group B: South Africa’s U20s were awarded a walkover against Zambia. Opponents failed to arrive in time.
Women’s 200m butterfly – Heats: Carla Antonopoulos finished second in her heat in 2min 24.06sec. Swimming in the second of two heats, Jessica Whelan finished third in her heat in 2:26.98. Both qualified for the final, in fourth and sixth places overall.
Women’s 50m breaststroke – Heats: Christin Mundell won her heat in 32.70 to qualify second overall for the final. Kaylene Corbett also won her heat, in 32.75, to qualify third fastest for the final.
Women’s 100m freestyle: Erin Gallagher won her heat comfortably in 57.60 to qualify for the final second-fastest overall.
Men’s 50m breaststroke – Heats: Brad Tandy won his heat in 28.54 to qualify fifth fastest for the final. Michael Houlie won his heat in 27.94 to qualify second fastest for the final.
Men’s 100m freestyle: Douglas Erasmus finished second in his heat in 50.65, behind Mohamed Hassan of Egypt (50.47) and second overall. Ryan Coetzee finished third in his heat in 51.37 and qualified fifth overall.
Grant Goldschmidt and Leo Williams went down narrowly to Morocco’s Mohammed Abicha and Zouheir El Graoui 21-16, 23-21 in their men’s doubles semi-final at Sale beach in Rabat. They will play later in the bronze-medal match.