Thando Roto proved he’s on track to run a second sub-10 second time in the 100 metres some time soon when he won the 100m in 10.11 seconds at Saturday’s Bilbao meeting in Spain.
Cold and wet conditions, coupled with a rock-hard track meant fast times were difficult to come by, but Roto is still somewhat satisfied with the way his race played out.
‘It was not one of my better races, but given the circumstances, I’m satisfied. Unfortunately, I did not have the best of starts, but I made up for it by being able to accelerate towards the end of the race. It was a confidence booster to come so close to running a 10.0,’ said the Tuks athlete, whose next race is on 2 July in France.
Clarence Munyai, the South African junior record holder over 200m, also seems to be regaining the form which saw him clocking 20.10s earlier this season. He won the 200 at the same meeting in a time of 20.41. South Africa’s Hendrik Maartens finished fifth in 21.27.
‘I’m slowly getting there. Hopefully, I will be able to run a good time before I return to South Africa,’ said Munyai, who is in matric at TuksSport High School.
South Africa’s athletes also made their presence felt at a meeting in Nivelles, Belgium. Last year’s Olympian, Lindsay Hanekom (Tuks), won the 400m hurdles in 50.64, with Constant Pretorius (Tuks) second in 50.65.
Ranti Dikgale won the 400m in a time of 45.71 and Gena Lofstrand the 800m for women in 2:02.43. Jacob Rozani finished second in the 800m for men, clocking 1:48.76; Dylan Cotter was second in the long jump with a best attempt of 7.41m, while Dumisane Hlaselo raced to a sixth- place finish in the 1500m, running 3:52.13.
Meanwhile, Fredriech Pretorius (Tuks) finished sixth in the 21st Stadtwerke decathlon competition in Ratingen. Germany’s Rico Freimuth won with a total of 8 663 points. Pretorius scored 7 588 points.
According to Pretorius, it was not his best of competitions, but certainly not his worse. ‘I set a new personal best in the long jump, but unfortunately in doing so, I slightly injured my ankle, which hampered me for the rest of the competition. I’m excited about my performances in the throwing events as there are definite improvements.’
Picture of Roto courtesy of Reg Caldecott