Event: Women’s Long Distances Date of birth: 1985/04/09 Personal bests: 800m (2:03.36),...
SAMAAI LEADS UJ TO VARSITY ATHLETICS TITLE
In-form long jumper Ruswahl Samaai produced a season’s best in Stellenbosch on Thursday night, as he led the University of Johannesburg (UJ) to victory in the second and final Varsity Athletics meeting of the season.
Samaai won his specialist event with a leap of 8.20m, well clear of fellow Olympic qualifier and UJ teammate Dylon Cotter, who took second place with a best attempt of 7.76m.
“This is a good benchmark for me going into next week’s national championships (at Coetzenburg Stadium),” said Samaai, who received the Victor Ludorum award.
Middle-distance runner Caster Semenya received the Victrix Ludorum with another solid victory in the 400m sprint, again proving her versatility as the former world 800m champion considers attempting a double at the Rio Olympics in August.
She secured a comfortable victory in 53.16 seconds, and though she was not entirely satisfied with her time, she was pleased with the win.
“I was expecting at least a low 52, but it’s ok, just to collect the points for the team,” said the North-West University star.
Semenya revealed she was considering an attempt at the 400m, 800m and 1 500m triple at the two-day SA Championships next week.
In other events at the Varsity Athletics meeting, youth Olympic champion Gezelle Magerman charged to victory in 58.82, edging out perennial rival Jean Mare Senekal by 0.34, while Lynique Prinsloo won the women’s long jump with a respectable 6.41m effort.
Pretoria speedster Thando Roto charged to victory in the men’s 100m sprint in 10.49 and Tamzin Thomas won the women’s short dash in 11.79, just 0.01 ahead of Tebogo Mamathu, who competed in a separate heat.
The UJ team bagged the overall series title for the first time, just 94 points clear of the University of Pretoria, who had won the opening leg of the campaign in Johannesburg.
The University of Cape Town lifted the title in the B-division.
* See our Results section for full results and standings