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Samson’s fourth win

Mark Etheridge

Already Berlin-bound for the IAAF World Track and Field Championships next month, Samson Ngoepe was again on the winning trail Wednesday.

On this occasion the 24-year-old South African was competing in the Weltklasse meeting in Biberach, also Germany, and won the 800 metre event in 1min 47.24sec.

This was well below his personal best of 1:45.17 set in Ostrava, Czech Republic a week ago, but was nevertheless his fourth consecutive victory on the European circuit.

Also flying the SA flag was Ofentse Mogowane who won the one-lapper in 46.90sec as well as running 21.29sec in the 200m heats.

After a poor showing in Ostrava, African 200m champion, Thuso Mpuang, came back with a second spot in 21.06 sec, behind Germany’s Alexander Kosenkow (20.88).┬á Mpuang returned times of 10.58 and 10.67 sec in the 100m.

National SA 200m record holder, Morne Nagel finished second in his 200m heat with a time of 21.22 sec as SA 110m hurdles champion Ruan de Vries continued to struggle, placing sixth in 14.22. The winning time was 13.56sec.

SA 400m starlette Tsholofelo Thipe continues on the comeback trail after injury setback and placed fourth in her 100m heat in 12.24sec with another South African Isabel le Roux fourth over 200m in 24.10sec. Both sprints were won by Ghana’s Vida Anim in 11.64 and 23.65sec respectively.