Event: Women’s Long Distances Date of birth: 1985/04/09 Personal bests: 800m (2:03.36),...
MAGERMAN CHARGES TO PB IN FIRST-ROUND HEAT
Youth Olympic champion Gezelle Magerman led the way on Wednesday morning, with four South African athletes progressing beyond the opening round of their events on day two of the World U-20 Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland.
Magerman took second place in her first-round heat of the women’s 400m hurdles in a personal best 57.75.
She clipped 0.16 off her two-year-old career record, qualifying as the third fastest athlete for Thursday’s semifinals.
Tamzin Thomas ended fourth in her first-round contest in the women’s 100m dash in 11.70, doing enough to reach Thursday’s penultimate round, but compatriot Cassidy Williamson was sixth in her heat in 11.90 and she was eliminated.
Mpho Tladi finished second in his heat of the men’s 110m hurdles event in 13.64 and Thabo Maganyele was fourth in his race in 13.75, with both athletes booking their place in the penultimate round, to be held in the evening session.
In the men’s flat 400m sprint, Derrick Mokaleng clocked 48.04 to take fourth position in his heat and he missed out on a spot in the next round.
Schedule of SA athletes competing in the evening session on day two of the World U-20 Championships in Bydgoszcz (Wednesday, 20 July):
6.10pm – 110m hurdles semifinals, men (Mpho Tladi, Thabo Maganyele)
6.40pm – high jump qualification, men (Chris Moleya)
7.20pm – 100m semifinals, men (Gift Leotlela)
7.55pm – 400m semifinals, women (Jeanelle Griesel)
8.45pm – javelin throw final, women (Jo-Ane van Dyk)
9.35pm – 100m final, men (Gift Leotlela)*
* Leotlela will compete if he progresses beyond the semifinals