SA 200M SPRINTERS STRUGGLE IN SEMIS

 
Updated: August 16, 2016

Anaso Jobodwana (photo credit: AFP)

It was a tough early session for some of South Africa’s fastest men on Tuesday, with all three athletes in the men’s 200m heats missing out on places in the semifinals.

National record holder Anaso Jobodwana, competing for the first time since September last year after bouncing back from a pelvic injury, took fourth place in his first-round contest in 20.53 seconds.

“It was just a horrible race, but I’ll make up for it,” Jobodwana said.

“I can take something away from this, and I’ll go back to the drawing board and come back stronger next season.”

Teenage sprinters Gift Leotlela (20.59) and Clarence Munyai (20.66), who are both still in high school, finished fourth and third in their respective heats and were also knocked out ahead of the penultimate round.

Five SA athletes were set to turn out in the evening session on Tuesday (local time), with Antonio Alkana (men’s 110m hurdles), LJ van Zyl (men’s 400m hurdles) and Wenda Nel (women’s 400m hurdles) all going in the semifinals of their events.

If Alkana progressed, he would also race in the final later in the session.

Javelin thrower Sunette Viljoen and long jumper Lynique Prinsloo would compete in the qualifying rounds of their disciplines.