Event: Women’s Long Distances Date of birth: 1985/04/09 Personal bests: 800m (2:03.36),...
THREE MORE MEDALS FOR STUDENT ATHLETES
The South African athletics team raked in three more medals on the final day of track and field competition at the World Student Games in Gwangju, South Korea on Sunday.
The athletics contingent were the only members of Team SA to earn podium places at the biennial multi-sport showpiece, securing two gold and three bronze.
In the morning session, the men’s half-marathon squad bagged bronze in the team event, spearheaded by Thabang Masihlelo who finished eighth in the individual race in 1:07:11. Gladwin Mzazi had a bad day at the office, taking 15th position in 1:09:26, but he did enough to help the team reach the podium.
The women’s half-marathon squad finished fourth in the team competition, led by Thembi Baloyi who was 16th in 1:28:05.
In the evening session on the track, Rynardt van Rensburg put up a strong fight to grab third place in the men’s 800m final in 1:49.30.
Van Rensburg missed out on the silver medal by 0.01 in a sprint finish against Moroccan Abdelati el Guesse.
Long jumper Roelf Pienaar carried the SA flag in his specialist event, in the absence of African champion Zarck Visser who withdrew ahead of the qualifying round with a foot unjury.
Pienaar took the early lead with a second-round leap of 7.98m, and while he was overtaken in the latter stages of the competition he held on to reach the podium, earning bronze.
The women’s 4x400m quartet – Anneri Ebersohn, Arlene Gowar, Anuscha Nice and individual 400m champion Justine Palframan – were the best of the SA relay teams, taking sixth place in their final in 3:46.73.
The men’s 4x100m (anchored by individual 100m gold medallist Akani Simbine) and 4x400m relay teams were both disqualified from their finals.