Event: Women’s Long Distances Date of birth: 1985/04/09 Personal bests: 800m (2:03.36),...
PALFRAMAN SMASHES PB TO WIN GOLD
Sprinter Justine Palframan delivered the race of her life on Friday, charging to South Africa’s second gold medal at the World Student Games in Gwangju, South Korea.
The Maties sprinter smashed her personal best by 0.60, securing victory in the women’s 400m final in 51.27 seconds, well clear of Polish silver medallist Malgorzata Holub who clocked 51.93.
Palframan’s global student title added to the 100m gold medal bagged by Akani Simbine the day before.
In the process, she qualified for the World Championships in Beijing next month, climbing to eighth place in the all-time SA women’s 400m list.
Elsewhere on the track, on day three of the athletics competition at the multi-sport Games, Ncinci Titi narrowly missed out on another sprint medal.
The US-based athlete clocked a season’s best 20.68 but had to settle for fourth place in the men’s 200m final, missing the podium by 0.09.
Middle-distance specialist Dumisane Hlaselo put up a fight in the men’s 1 500m final but was unable to keep pace with the leaders and crossed the line in seventh place in 3:42.40.
Thembi Baloyi finished 12th in the women’s 3 000m steeplechase final in 10:32.43, and Mpho Links ended in a tie for 12th position in the men’s high jump final, clearing a height of 2.10m.
In the morning session, Rynardt van Rensburg coasted through the first round of the men’s 800m event, finishing second in his heat in 1:50.79 to book his place in Saturday’s semifinals.
Patience Ntshingila ended 19th in the women’s triple jump qualifying round with a best attempt of 12.82, and Zinzi Chanabgu was 20th with a 12.78m effort, as both athletes struggled against an elite field and were eliminated ahead of the final.
* Results of finals are available in our Results section