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Naude, Fourie go out

By Mark Etheridge

A season’s best 59.67 metres by discus thrower Elizna Naude┬á wasn’t enough to seen her through to Friday’s final at the IAAF World Track and Field Championships in Berlin, Germany Wednesday.

Automatic qualification was 61.50 and she ended 16th on the qualifying list which saw 12 throwers go through. The 12th qualifier, Aretha Thurmond of the US, threw 61.08m.

Her throw was seventh furthest of the A group, China’s Xuejun Ma being tops with 63.38m, also a season’s best for her. In fact Ma’s effort was the furthest of both qualifying groups.

Naude’s best effort came from her final throw. Her first two were both measured at 59.46m. Before Wednesday her best had been a 59.09m in France last month.

Also Wednesday morning Lehann Fourie clocked 13.67sec to place fourth in his 110m hurdles heats, just not quick enough to go through to the next round.

The Nebraska University student’s time was just 0.11sec outside his personal best, set at last month’s World Student Games in Belgrade but he missed out on qualifying by one position.

Fastest in the heats was Hungary’s Daniel Kiss with a 13.34sec win and a national record in the sixth and final heat.