Event: Women’s Long Distances Date of birth: 1985/04/09 Personal bests: 800m (2:03.36),...
BRUINTJIES LEADS SA CHARGE IN DAKAR
Sprinter Henricho Bruintjies delivered in style on Saturday, reaching the podium in the men’s 100m and 200m events as he spearheaded a large South African contingent at the World Challenge meeting in Dakar, Senegal.
Bruintjies stormed to victory in the 200m in 20.71 seconds, with the benefit of a 3.7m/s tailwind, to edge out Adama Jammeh of Gambia by 0.04.
Fellow South African Emile Erasmus ended sixth in 21.36.
Earlier, Bruintjies and Roscoe Engel had charged to quick times in the 100m dash, aided by a 5.1m/s tailwind.
Engel finished second in 10.12, crossing the line 0.04 behind Ramon Gittens of the Bahamas, with Bruintjies taking third place in 10.16.
Meanwhile, in the men’s 400m sprint, Shaun de Jager (47.13) and Ofentse Mogawane (47.57) struggled to mount a challenge in windy conditions, ending fifth and seventh respectively, well behind American Patrick Feeney who won in 45.88.
Over the barriers, PC Beneke (50.75) and Le Roux Hamman (50.87) ended third and fourth respectively behind home favourite Amadou Ndiaye who won the 400m hurdles in 50.53.
Making her first international appearance of the season, Caster Semenya trailed home in fifth position in 2:04.19 in the women’s 800m event, with Yuneisy Santiusty of Cuba winning the race in 2:02.12.
Patience Ntshingila was sixth in the women’s triple jump with a 13.01m attempt, more than a metre behind Portuguese winner Susana Costa, and Julia du Plessis finished seventh in the women’s high jump with a 1.75m leap, 19cm short of Nigerian Doreen Amata’s victorious effort.
On Friday night, Russell Tucker had settled for sixth position in the men’s discus throw with a best heave of 60.87m, less than two metres behind Cuban winner Lois Martinez (62.54m) in a closely fought contest.
The next World Challenge meeting will be held in Hengelo on Sunday.