Event: Women’s Long Distances Date of birth: 1985/04/09 Personal bests: 800m (2:03.36),...
TWO RECORDS FALL IN BLOEMFONTEIN
Youth girls stole the show on Thursday, with two national records falling on the opening day of the South African age group championships in Bloemfontein.
Free State athlete Mizan Viljoen got the event off to a cracking start in the morning, smashing Anel Oosthuizen’s five-year-old SA Under-17 mark in the 5 000m walk by more than 40 seconds to secure the gold medal in 24:39.10.
Milandre Stafford, representing Central North West, also dipped well inside Oosthuizen’s previous standard of 25:20.20, crossing the line in second place in 24:48.21 in a closely fought contest.
Later in the day, Eastern Province athlete Marga Cumming launched a 58.19m effort in the U-17 hammer throw final, breaking Bianca Blom’s national record of 57.13m, which was set in East London two years ago.
Like Stafford, Free State’s Marinda Greyling also had to settle for the silver medal despite surpassing the previous mark, producing a best attempt of 58.00m.
Meanwhile, Ikageng Gaorekwe of Central Gauteng bounced back from the disappointment of missing the World Cross Country Championships in Guiyang last month due to visa issues.
Gaorekwe won the junior men’s 3 000m steeplechase title by more than six seconds in 9:27.11.
The three-day annual championships, being held at Mangaung Athletics Stadium, includes sub-youth, youth, junior and U-23 age groups.
* Full results of finals can be found on our Results page