Athletics

Harmse loses out on gold

2011-09-14 20:40
Chris Harmse (Gallo Images)

Maputo - Veteran hammer throw specialist Chris Harmse fell 10 centimetres short of winning his fourth All Africa Games title here on Wednesday.

The 37-year-old Harmse was well on his way to reaching another record victory with a best throw of 74.66m when Egypt's Mostafa Hamed spoilt his party with a 74.76m heave.

The South African, however, was gracious in defeat and acknowledged that the Egyptian deserved the gold medal.

"I did the best I could. You have to give the sport what it wants, and if you don't, the sport won't give you what you want," Harmse said.

Harmse said these Games would be his last international competition but he would still compete at domestic meetings in South Africa.

To add some irony to the evening, Harmse reached the B-qualifying distance for the Olympics.

The thrower from Sasolburg refuses, for religious reasons, to compete on Sundays, which is traditionally set aside for the Olympic hammer throw event.

Discus thrower Elizna Naude won the SA athletics team's eighth medal of the Games as she clinched silver with a throw of 53.63m.

Kazai Kragbe of Ivory Coast claimed the gold medal with a best heave of 56.56m, while Togo's Alifatou Djibril finished third with a distance of 46.46m.

Earlier in the day, the SA men's beach volleyball team won gold in the final of their event, while the women's team bagged silver.

It was beach volleyball's inaugural appearance at the continental showpiece.

The duo of Grant Goldschmidt and Freedom Chiya were in an unforgiving mood in the men's final as they trounced Angola's Sequerra Eden and Sequerra Norcia in straight sets.

The South Africans won the first set 21-9 after 11 minutes of play but were made to work hard in the second set, eventually winning 21-17.

Goldschmidt and Chiya, both based in Cape Town, said they hoped the win would give their chances of qualifying for next year's London Olympic Games a boost.

They won the first two rounds of the Olympic qualifiers and were left with two more rounds to ensure themselves a place in the squad for London.

The women's pairing of Randy Williams and Palesa Sekhonyana came up short in their final against Mauritius' Natacha Rigobert and Elodie Li Yuk Lo.

The South Africans lost 2-0 (21-13, 21-12) in the final.

Meanwhile, in the tennis competition, Chanel Simmonds advanced to Thursday's women's semi-final after Magy Aziz of Egypt conceded the match due to illness.

The second member of the SA women's tennis team, Natasha Fourouclas, was knocked out in the quarte-rfinals after going down 6-4, 3-6, 4-6 to Egyptian Mayar Sherif.

Read more on:    all africa games
NEXT ON SPORT24X

Stevenson KOs Sukhotsky

2014-12-20 11:08

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
1 comment
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
Live Video Streaming
  • Blitz
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @00:00
  • SS1
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @01:00
  • SS2
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @02:00
  • SS3
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @03:00
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Live scoring

 

Joburg hot spots for cocktails, craft beer, tapas and wine!

It’s the season to be jolly – so we’ve rounded up some new Joburg hot spots!

 
 

I love summer.24

Christmas lingerie to make this festive season the best one ever!
13 things you might not know about Disneyland
The craziest deaths of 2014
How to make this a sensual, sexy summer!
 
 
/Sport
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Featured

Got something you'd like to get off your chest? Got a burning desire to air an opinion? If so, be sure to sign-up on Sport24's FORUM!

Latest blogs
Vote

How much of a runner are you?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

Newsletters Sign up for the Morning Glory, Super 15 and Soccer newsletters

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

Mobile Sport24 on your mobile phone - WAP, alerts, downloads, services

Forum Have your Say on Sport24's brand new Forum!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

iPhone Latest Sport24 news on your iPhone

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

Blogs Yes your opinion counts. Get it out there

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.