By Mark Etheridge
There were some solid showings from our South African athletes on duty in Rehlingen, Germany on Monday but more importantly, nothing in the way of Olympic Games qualifying times.
Victories came the way of Hannes Dreyer, Mapaseka Makhanya and Ofentse Magawane in the 100, 1500 and 400-metres respectively.
Out to clinch vital second qualifying times were Johan Cronje in the 1500m and Wenda Theron in the 400m hurdles.
Cronje had run his first of two required times at Dessa, also in Germany at the weekend when he ran 3:35.33 (A standard time is 3:35.50). He ended fourth on Monday, clocking a time of 3:37.07 so still needs to nab that second qualifying time if he is to come into contention for a place on Team South Africa in London later this year.
Theron, qualified twice on local soil but now needs to run a qualifier internationally. Out to run 55:50 or quicker she came up short on this occasion. ” It wasn’t bad, but still not quite there yet ÔÇô 56.29sec,” she told Road to London 2012 on Tuesday. “The race wasn’t perfect but I’m very excited about the next one. I’m so blessed to have the opportunity to run here.”
Dreyer won his 100m final in 10.34, Makhanya in 4:12.01 and Magawane in 45.80. All of them were outside the A qualifying standard. Magawane said he had been suffering from flu in the build-up to the race. “but a win is a win ÔÇô I was just running because I wanted to. I dind’t have any have power at all but running 45.80 in my condition, I’m so happy.”
Also in action was Estie Wittstock in the women’s 400 where she ran a 52.77.