Updated: July 8, 2015

Jaco Engelbrecht, seen here competing in the Varsity Athletics series, finished sixth in the men’s shot put final

South Africa’s athletics team got off to a superb start on Wednesday, as the track and field competition got underway at the World Student Games in Gwangju, South Korea.
Jaco Engelbrecht was the first SA athlete to compete in a final, taking sixth place in the men’s shot put with a best heave of 19.20m as he missed a place on the podium by 64cm.
Sprint sensation Akani Simbine cruised through the second round of the men’s 100m sprint, winning his heat in 10.26 to qualify for the semifinals, while Gideon Trotter was fourth in his heat, missing out on a place in the penultimate round by just 0.03.
Lindsay Hanekom (51.19) and Le Roux Hamman (51.55) coasted through the opening round of the men’s 400m hurdles, booking their places in the semifinals, along with Anneri Ebersohn who was third in her heat in 57.91 in the women’s event.
Middle distance runners Dumisane Hlaselo and Anuscha Nice also had no trouble in getting through to their respective semifinals.
Hlaselo ended second in his 1 500m heat in 3:55.12, and Nice was third in her 800m heat in 2:05.47.
Ischke Senekal delivered the performance of her life, launching a 51.18m personal best to grab the 12th qualifying spot for the women’s discus throw final, and Mpho Links was one of 13 men to leap over 2.15m in the high jump qualifiers, securing his spot in the final.
Earlier, in the morning session, Pieter Conradie (46.92), Jon Seeliger (47.89) and Justine Palframan (53.61) progressed to the men’s and women’s 400m semifinals.
Roelf Pienaar displayed fine form in the triple jump, as the fifth best qualifier (16.13m) for the final, though compatriot Reneilwe Aphane was knocked out, finishing 14th with a best attempt of 15.27m.
Chad Herman, who was 17th in the qualifiers with a best heave of 69.03m, was eliminated from the men’s javelin throw.

* Results of finals can be found in our Results section