Event: Women’s Long Distances Date of birth: 1985/04/09 Personal bests: 800m (2:03.36),...
SIMBINE, OLIVIER REACH PODIUM IN HENGELO
Andre Olivier dipped under the 800m qualifying standard for the World Championships
Sprinter Akani Simbine and middle-distance runner Andre Olivier were the best of the SA contingent on Sunday, reaching the podium in their respective events at the World Challenge meeting in Hengelo.
Simbine clocked 10.12 seconds in the men’s 100m dash, running into a 0.3m/s headwind, to finish 0.03 behind British speedster Chijindu Ujah, the European junior champion.
Commonwealth Games silver medallist Adam Gemili of Great Britain was third in 10.19.
Olivier was the only other SA athlete to finish among the top three in his discipline, grabbing third spot in the men’s 800m race in a season’s best 1:45.73 to qualify for the IAAF World Championships in Beijing in August.
Former European champion Marcin Lewandowski of Poland secured victory in 1:45.46.
In the discus throw event, World Championships finalist Victor Hogan grabbed fifth position with a best heave of 62.21m, with Olympic and World Championships silver medallist Piotr Malachowski of Poland taking the win (65.87m).
Orazio Cremona was also fifth in the men’s shot put, launching a 19.50m effort in the penultimate round, less than a metre behind former European U-23 champion Jakub Szyszkowski of Poland (20.42m).
Antonio Alkana, a late addition to the men’s 110m hurdles line-up, ended sixth in 13.82, crossing the line 0.28 behind former Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Lawrence Clarke of Great Britain.
In the men’s 1 500m race, World Championships bronze medallist Johan Cronje was seventh 3:36.34, narrowly missing out on the 3:36.00 qualifying standard for the global showpiece, with countryman Elroy Gelant chopping 0.62 off his personal best in eighth place (3:37.97).
Kenyan teenager Robert Biwott, the world youth champion, secured a comfortable victory in 3:33.64, clocking the fastest time in the world this year.
Long jumper Ruswahl Samaai, who produced a 8.38m career best at the national championships in Stellenbosch last month, withdrew from his specialist event.