Updated: August 12, 2016

Dominique Scott, seen here competing for former US collegiate team the Arkansas Razorbacks, set a personal best at the Olympics

Dominique Scott did well to carry the SA flag on Friday, hanging on to set a personal best in the women’s 10 000m final at the Olympic Games in Rio.
Scott finished 21st in 31:51.47, bettering her career record of 31:56.84 set in Palo Alto in May.

Ethiopian athlete Almaz Ayana tore the field apart to set a world record of 29:17.45 in perhaps the most spectacular women’s 25-lap race of all time.

Meanwhile, Rynardt van Rensburg, the first SA athlete competing on the track at the Games, took second place in his heat in 1:45.67 to reach the men’s 800m semifinals, which were set to be held on Saturday (local time).

Jacob Rozani trailed home fifth in his heat in 1:49.79 and did not progress to the next round.

Race walkers Lebogang Shange and Wayne Snyman did not have their best days out on the road.

Shange took 44th position in the men’s 20km event in 1:25:07 and Snyman settled for 58th place in 1:29:20.

Later on Friday, in the evening session, world 400m champion Wayde van Niekerk was set to compete in the heats of his specialist event, with long jumpers Ruswahl Samaai, Luvo Manyonga and Stefan Brits turning out in the qualifying round.

Sprinters Carina Horn and Alyssa Conley were also gearing up for the opening round of the women’s 100m dash.