Event: Women’s Long Distances Date of birth: 1985/04/09 Personal bests: 800m (2:03.36),...
JOBODWANA BAGS SA TEAM’S SECOND MEDAL
South Africa’s sprinters continued to pave the way for the national team at the World Championships on Thursday, with Anaso Jobodwana storming to bronze in the men’s 200m final.
He bagged the squad’s second medal of the championships, adding to Wayde van Niekerk’s gold in the 400m event.
Jobodwana covered the half-lap distance in a national record of 19.87 seconds, with Jamaican star Usain Bolt securing victory in 19.55 and American Justin Gatlin earning silver in 19.74.
Khotso Mokoena, the only other SA athlete competing in a final on day six of competition, took ninth position in the triple jump with a best leap of 16.81m.
The former World Championships long jump silver medallist was eliminated after three rounds on countback, just one centimetre short of earning another three attempts.
Johan Cronje cruised into the men’s 1 500m semifinals, ending sixth in his first-round heat in 3:43.29.
The national record holder, who earned bronze at the 2013 World Championships in Moscow, will compete in the penultimate round on Friday.
Countryman Dumisane Hlaselo, making his World Championships debut, was ninth in his heat in 3:40.25 and was knocked out of the event.
Discus thrower Victor Hogan narrowly missed out on qualifying for the final with a best effort of 62.41m.
Hogan was 13th in the opening round, just seven centimetres short of the required distance to advance.
Caster Semenya, who had displayed fine form by dipping under two minutes in the first round, finished eighth in her 800m semifinal in 2:03.18, and World Student Games 400m champion Justine Palframan was sixth in her 200m semifinal in 23.04. Both athletes were unable to progress to the finals of their events.
* See our Results section for results of all finals, and visit our Flash News section for the schedule of SA athletes