Event: Women’s Long Distances Date of birth: 1985/04/09 Personal bests: 800m (2:03.36),...
THREE SA ATHLETES THROUGH TO SEMIS
Three South Africans progressed beyond the first rounds of their events on Saturday, as South Africa gained momentum in the afternoon session on the opening day of the IAAF World Championships in Beijing.
Sprinters Henricho Bruintjies, who took third place in his heat in 10.07 seconds, and Akani Simbine, who was also third in his race in 10.09, progressed to the semifinals of the men’s 100m dash, to be held on Sunday afternoon.
Anaso Jobodwana, who had unsuccessfully attempted to withdraw himself from the 100m event in order to focus on the 200m, was disqualified for a false start.
Meanwhile, LJ van Zyl ran a well-judged race to finish fourth in his 400m hurdles heat in 49.02 as he too made it safely through the first round.
Commonwealth champion Cornel Fredericks, who missed most of the 2015 campaign with an Achilles injury, withdrew ahead of his heat with a hamstring niggle.
In the men’s 10 000m final, Stephen Mokoka was unable to stick with the leaders and finished well off the pace in 28:47.40.
British athlete Mo Farah, who won the 5 000m and 10 000m double at the 2012 London Olympics and the 2013 World Championships in Moscow, added another global title over 25 laps, edging Kenyan Geoffrey Kamworor to secure the gold medal in 27:01.13.
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