VILJOEN, ALKANA WIN AFRICAN TITLES

 
Updated: June 26, 2016

Javelin thrower Sunette Viljoen and hurdler Antonio Alkana led the way on Saturday, as South Africa earned another six medals at the African Senior Championships in Durban.
With one day of competition remaining at the 20th edition of the continental showpiece, the host nation retained their place at the top of the table with a total of 23 medals, including 11 gold, seven silver and five bronze.
Viljoen produced a 64.08m heave to win her fifth African title, with compatriot Jo-Ane van Dyk securing the silver medal (56.22m).
“I’m very proud of that, to have been continuously throwing for such a long time, and to be on top of the continent in an event which is held every second year, I’m very happy,” Viljoen said.
Alkana, meanwhile, stormed to a convincing win in the men’s 110m hurdles final in 13.43, charging across the line 0.30 ahead of Nigerian silver medallist Tyron Atkins.
In the men’s hammer throw, veteran athlete Chris Harmse proved he was not a spent force, bagging his ninth career medal at the biennial continental showpiece, taking second place in the final of his specialist event with a best effort 67.67m.
Eslam Ibrahim of Egypt won gold with a 68.92m attempt, and rising local star Tshepang Makhethe grabbed bronze (65.54m).
Versatile athlete Khotso Mokoena, concentrating on the triple jump this season, took the bronze medal with a best leap of 16.77m in the hop, skip and jump.
Tosin Oke of Nigeria won his third African title with a 17.13m effort.
The fifth and final day of the continental showpiece will be held on Sunday.