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1-2 for Sunette, Justine

By Mark Etheridge

There were more medals for South Africa on the fourth and penultimate day of the 17th Africa Athletics Championships in Nairobi, Kenya on Saturday.

Two of them came in the same event, the women’s javelin as defending champion Sunette Viljoen hurled the projectile 63.33 metres for a golden victory, some way clear of countrywoman Justine Robbeson’s 60.24.

Stellenbosch’s Janet Wienand took silver in the decathlon with a final score of 5500 for the gruelling seven-discipline event. She ended up 531 points behind Ghana’s Margeret Simpson.

Hammer thrower Chris Harmse also got silver, the veteran hurling the projectile 72.56 metres to finish runner-up to Eypt’s Moha Abdel Mohsen Anani who threw 74.72.

Triple jumper Tumelo Thagane took bronze in the triple jump with a 16.64 jump as Oke Tosin of Nigeria won in 17.22.

In the men’s 110m hurdles US based Lehann Fourie looked a definite medallist but hamstring problems saw him failing to finish. But countryman Ruan de Vries ran a fine 13.98sec to earn a bronze medal for South Africa.

In the women’s 800m Mapaseka Makhanya qualified for the next round with a 2:05.39 finish.

Looking ahead and our two 1500m runners both went through to Sunday’s final, Juan van Deventer clocking 3:43.62 and Johan Cronje 3:44.61 respectively.