Event: Women’s Long Distances Date of birth: 1985/04/09 Personal bests: 800m (2:03.36),...
ATHLETES OVERCOME POOR CONDITIONS IN BLOEM
Athletes battled cold and windy conditions on Saturday in the fight for medals as the two-day SA Open Championships came to a close in Bloemfontein.
With the poor weather affecting times and distances, the day was highlighted by two surprise performances.
Former Olympic silver medallist Khotso Mokoena, focussing on the triple jump this season, was handed a rare defeat.
African Championships bronze medallist Roger Haitengi of Namibia won gold with a best effort of 16.27m, with Mokoena grabbing silver, just four centimetres behind.
And Zoe Engler stunned World Student Games champion Justine Palframan, taking the women’s 400m title in 53.79, with Palframan settling for second spot in 54.32.
Meanwhile, Lindsay Hanekom, who qualified for the Rio Olympics with a 49.03 performance in the heats the day before, did enough to bag the men’s 400m hurdles title in 50.50.
Namibian athlete Hardus Maritz, who had gone out hard to take the early lead, was edged into second place in 50.56.
Claudia Heunis was on form in the women’s 100m hurdles final, covering the sprint race over the barriers in 13.53, with versatile athlete Maryke Brits crossing the line 0.02 off the pace.
Anneri Moolman dominated the women’s 400m hurdles, coasting to victory in 59.76.
The SA athletics season will come to a close when the fourth and final ASA Night Series meeting is held in Polokwane on May 24.
* Full results are available in our Results section