Pretoria - Many have tried and failed - until Simon Magakwe became the first
South African to break the sub-10-second barrier in the 100 metres at
the South African Athletics Championships, in Pretoria, on Saturday.
home-grown speedster claimed his sixth 100m title in style as he
brought the crowd at the Tuks stadium to their feet when he stopped the
track clock at 9.99 seconds.
When the official time of 9.98
seconds was announced, Magakwe was almost halfway around his victory lap
while the appreciative crowd applauded the champion.
"From the start I was aggressive, I just wanted it so badly ... the last 30 metres I pushed so hard," Magakwe said.
is exciting is my coach (Eugene Thipe) is from South Africa, and not
from Jamaica. Everything we do, we do in South Africa."
did he break the magical barrier but he also smashed the South African
record of 10.06 seconds that he shared with Johan Rossouw.
record had been part of South African sprinting since 1988 and has been
the bane of many a athlete who tried and failed to break it.
was also a special day for second-placed Akani Simbine, who also broke
the old national record in the process, in a time of 10.02 seconds.
Emile Erasmus finished third in 10.23 seconds.
The standard of
the athletics on the second day of the championships was superb, with
South African athletes dishing up world-class performances.
the men's 400m, Wayde van Niekerk became only the sixth South African to
run a sub-45- seconds time to claim the national title.
The one-lap ace clocked a time of 44.92 seconds to outsprint Shaun de Jager (45.82sec) and Willie de Beer (46.38sec).
Niekerk made it clear that he was after the joint South African record
of 44.59 seconds held by Arnaud Malherbe and Hendrik Mokganyetsi.
year I would love to break the South African record, so on Monday I
will try again at the Varsity Cup meeting (at the University of
Johannesburg) and get back to training again," Van Niekerk said.
try to stick with the world guys -- whoever is on top, that is where I
want to be, because I have to shift my mind to competing on the world
Rikenette Steenkamp produced the best performance in the
100m hurdles in more than 23 years when she defended her title, winning
in a time of 13.17 seconds.
The time was also the sixth best by a
South African woman and her coach, former 110m hurdles record-holder
Shaun Bownes, believes Steenkamp has the potential to break Corien
Botha's record of 12.93 seconds.
Earlier in the day, South
African javelin queen Sunette Viljoen claimed her ninth national title
in her specialist event with a distance of 64.77m. Six of her attempts
on the day were over 60 metres.
Megan Wilke took second place with her throw of 48.23m, with Sane van Zyl third.
"I take great pride in my ninth title. I've worked extremely hard to achieve that," Viljoen said.
very happy with my overall performance today. I had six throws over 60
metres, which makes me very excited for the rest of the season.
"It's now a good platform I can build on for the international season."
were some upsets on the day with the biggest being world 1500m bronze
medallist Johan Cronje's defeat by Jerry Motsau in his specialist event.
finished strongly to win in a time of three minutes, 47.91 seconds
(3:47.91) with Cronje second in 3:48.47 and Mthobisi Baloyi third in
There was also disappointment for South African 400m
hurdles record-holder LJ van Zyl who lost to defending champion and
training partner Cornel Fredericks.
There was some controversy in
that the eighth line of hurdles was slightly higher than the rest,
which had an impact on the athletes' rhythm.
Fredericks went past Van Zyl over the final stretch to reclaim the title in a time of 49.21 seconds.
Van Zyl took the silver medal in a time of 50 seconds, with Le Roux Hamman third in 50.29sec.
the 200m relatively unknown Ncincilili Titi won the race comfortably in
a time of 20.41 seconds, with Simbine crossing the line in second place
in 20.47sec and Tshegofatso Meshoe third in 20.73sec.
silver medallist Caster Semenya made a low-key return to the
championships to win the 800m in a time of 2:03.30, while the South
African record-holder in both horizontal jumps, Khotso Mokoena, won the
triple jump with a distance of 16.68m.
In the women's 400m
hurdles, Wenda Nel became only the third South African women to break
the 55-second barrier, winning her event in 54.92 seconds.
Results from the South African Athletics Championships, in Pretoria, on Saturday.
1 Simon Magakwe (ANWN) 9.98, 2 Akani Simbine (AGN) 10.02, 3 Emile Erasmus (AGN) 10.23
1 Ncincilili Titi (AGN) 20.41, 2 Akani Simbine (AGN) 20.47, 3 Tshegfatso Meshoe (ANWN) 20.73
1 Wayde van Niekerk (AFS) 44.92, 2 Shaun de Jager (BOLA) 45.82, 3 Willem de Beer (AGN) 46.38
1 Andre Olivier (ACNW) 1:47.65, 2 Rynardt van Rensburg (AFS) 1:48.51, 3 Jacob Rozani (ANWN) 1:48.71
1 Cornel Fredericks (AGN) 49.21, 2 LJ van Zyl (AGN) 50.00, 3 Hamman le Roux (AGN) 50.29
1 Jerry Motsau (ACNW) 3:47.91, 2 Johan Cronje (AFS) 3:48.47, 3 Mthobisi Baloyi (ACNW) 3:50.93
3 000m steeplechase:
1 Rantso Mokopane (ACNW) 8:48.36, 2 Emanuel Mkhabela (AFS) 8:50.86, 3 Sikhumbuzo Seme (AGN-I) 8:54.45
1 Mpho Links (AGN) 2.10, 2 Tiaan Steenkamp (CGA) 2.10, 3 Garth Ellis (EPA) 2.10
1 Khotso Mokoena (CGA) 16.68, 2 Roger Haitengi (NAM) 16.32, 3 Tumelo Thagane (ACNW) 16.24
1 Victor Hogan (BOLA) 63.45, 2 Russel Tucker (AGN) 58.72, 3 Dewald van Heerden (CGA) 57.17
1 Willem Coertzen (ACNW) 8 199, 2 Gert Swanepoel (ACNW) 6 871, 3 Zavion Kotze (CGA) 6 833
1 Lebogang Shange (CGA) 1:26:17, 2 Wayne Snyman (AGN) 1:27.47, 3 Marc Mundell (AGN) 1:30:51
1 AGN 'A' 40.46, 2 AGN 'B' 40.85, 3 AFS 41.02, 4 BOLA 42.72
1 AGN 'A' 3:07.91, 2 AGN 'B' 3:11.14, 3 ANWN 3:16.18
1 Nabeela Parker (BOLA) 11.78, 2 Samantha Pretorius (WPA) 11.80, 3 Melissa Hewitt (ACNW) 11.81
1 Justine Palframan (BOLA) 23.11, 2 Melissa Hewitt (ACNW) 23.32, 3 Simone du Plooy (AGN) 23.52
1 Justine Palframan (BOLA) 52.48, 2 Arista Nienaber (ACNW) 53.26, 3 Sonja van der Merwe (WPA) 53.52
1 Caster Semenya (AGN) 2:03.05, 2 Mandie Brandt (BOLA) 2:04.20, 3 Anushka Nice (AGN) 2:05.52
1 Mapaseka Makhanya (CGA) 4:20.42, 2 Lebo Phalula (CGA) 4:20.43, 3 Mamphielo Sibanda (CGA) 4:26.75
1 Cornelia Joubert (CGA) 35:49.60, 2 Anna Moeketsi (AFS) 37:52.82, 3 Janet Dlamini (KZNA) 38:38.67
1 Rikenette Steenkamp (AGN) 13.17, 2 Claudia Viljoen (AGN) 13.50, 3 Erika Kleynhans (AGN) 13.62
1 Wenda Nel (AGN) 54.92, 2 Anneri Ebersohn (AGN) 57.41, 3 Jean-Mare Senekal (BOLA) 58.05
3 000m steeplechase:
1 Thembi Baloyi (AGN) 10:35.91, 2 Jeanette Bokadie (CGA) 10:46.48, 3 Caroline Marandela (CGA) 10:50.13
1 Julia du Plessis (CGA) 1.75, 2 Britany Uys (KZNA) 1.70, 3 Merika Smuts (AGN) 1.70
1 Matsi Dikotla (AGN) 12.77, 2 Zinzi Chabangu (CGA) 12.46, 3 Michelle Cornelius (AGN) 12.44
1 Lezaan Jordaan (CGA) 6.07, 2 Sonia Smuts (AGN) 15.91, 3 Geraldine Duvenhage (ACNW) 15.40
1 Maryke Oberholzer (AGN) 56.95, 2 Elizna Naude (AFS) 54.76, 3 Geraldine Duvenhage (ACNW) 52.09
1 Sunette Viljoen (ACNW) 64.77, 2 Megan Wilke (ACNW) 48.23, 3 Sane van Zyl (ACNW) 46.70
1 Bianca Erwee (ACNW) 5 456, 2 Sonnike Knoetze (AGN) 4 708, 3 Marike Vermaak (AGN) 4 396
1 Anel Oosthuizen (CGA) 1:42:40, 2 Corli Swart (AGN) 1:45:40, 3 Michelle Hopkins (CGA) 1:52:30
1 AGN 'A' 46.41, 2 AGN 'C' 47.46, 3 AGN 'B' 47.79, 4 KZNA 54.08
1 AGN 'A' 3:42.31, 2 BOLA 3:42.98, 3 AGN 'B' 3:48.64, 4 CGA 3:50.87