Event: Women’s Long Distances Date of birth: 1985/04/09 Personal bests: 800m (2:03.36),...
HAMMAN WINS IN FINLAND
Olympic hopeful Le Roux Hamman earned a morale-boosting victory on Wednesday night, clocking 49.44 seconds to win the men’s 400m hurdles race at the Paavo Nurmi Games in Turku, Finland.
The 24-year-old athlete was 0.20 outside his personal best, which he set in Pretoria earlier this month, crossing the line 0.06 ahead of Finland’s Oskari Moro in a tight contest. The next four men all finished within half a second of the South African.
Displaying impressive consistency, after breaking 50 seconds for the first time this season, Hamman ran 49.60 or faster for the third time in an 18-day period.
With 12 days left in the Olympic qualifying window, he filled the third and final place in the squad, and while Commonwealth champion Cornel Fredericks had made a few failed attempts at the 49.40 standard after returning from injury, it was unclear whether he would try again.
Sprinters Lebokeng Sesele and Roscoe Engel were fourth and fifth respectively in the men’s 100m dash in Turku, though they were credited with the same time of 10.37.
Sean Safo-Antwi of Ghana won the race in 10.23