Event: Women’s Long Distances Date of birth: 1985/04/09 Personal bests: 800m (2:03.36),...
VAN NIEKERK, NTSHINGILA DENIED BY WIND READINGS
Kovsies speedster Wayde van Niekerk and UJ triple jumper Patience Nshingila led the way on Friday, producing career-best performances on the opening day of the SA Student Championships in Limpopo, though both were denied official marks due to wind readings.
Van Niekerk clocked 9.98 seconds in the men’s 100m semifinals, and though the time equalled his personal best set earlier this season, he was assisted by a tailwind of +4.0 metres per second.
He went on to win the final in 10.03, crossing the line 0.23 clear of second-placed Emile Erasmus, and though there were no wind readings in the official results, reports from the stadium suggested the race was run with a legal wind.
With the world 400m champion focussing on the 100m and 200m events at the national university showpiece, 21-year-old Pieter Conradie won the men’s one-lap final in a personal best of 45.86, edging close towards the Olympic qualifying standard of 45.40.
Distance runner Stephen Mokoka, a former World Student Games champion, secured a convincing victory in the men’s 10 000m final in 30:06.25, and though he turned out in the 1 500m heats less than an hour later, he faded to eighth place in 4:43.02 and was eliminated ahead of the final.
On the infield, Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Ruswahl Samaai bagged the men’s long jump gold medal with a best leap of 7.93m.
Ntshingila, meanwhile, was unchallenged in the women’s triple jump final.
While she earned the title with a 13.90m effort, one centimetre further than her own four-year-old national record, apparently no wind reading was recorded, making the performance ineligible for record purposes.
Former world 800m champion Caster Semenya, aiming for another treble crown after winning the 400m, 800m and 1 500m titles at the SA Senior Championships two weeks ago, got off to a great start.
First Semenya won a tactical 1 500m final in 4:31.12 before charging to victory in the 400m final in 52.52, more than three seconds ahead of her nearest opponent.
She will turn out in her specialist two-lap event on Saturday’s second and final day of the student championships, and is also expected to represent North-West University in the 4x400m relay.
Tebogo Mamathu stormed to victory in the women’s 100m final in 11.45 to earn the national student title in the short dash.
* Results of all finals are available in our Results section