Glasgow - Cornel
Fredericks has continued a proud tradition in the 400m hurdles at the
Commonwealth Games as he became the third South African champion in the
history of the multi-sport event on Thursday.
Eight years after
his training partner LJ van Zyl claimed the gold medal in the one-lap
hurdles, Fredericks did it in emphatic style in a time 48.50 seconds.
Fredericks comfortably led from the start with world champion Jehue Gordon of Trinidad and Tobago breathing down his neck.
South African, however, kept his composure as he opened the lead to
hold on to a memorable victory, with Gordon finishing second in a time
of 48.75 sec and Bahaman Jeffery bagging bronze in 48.78 sec.
Gert Potgieter was the first South African to taste victory at the 1958 British Empire and Commonwealth Games in Cardiff, Wales.
African 800m ace André Olivier ran a tactical race to claim a
creditable bronze medal in the final that saw two of the greats over the
two laps locking horns.
The men's 800m final lived up to
expectations as it turned into a tussle between Kenya's David Rudisha,
the fastest man of all time, and the third fastest, Nijel Amos of
The Botswana athlete surged over the final 100m to
claim victory in a time of 1min 45.18sec, with Rudisha taking silver in
1:45.48 and Olivier clocking 1:46.03.
There were scenes of celebrations between Amos and Olivier, who are training partners under coach Jean Verster in Potchefstroom.
African sprinting star Akani Simbine qualified for the 200m final where
he finished in fifth place, narrowly missing out on a medal with his
best time of 20.37sec.
It was, however, a clean sweep of the podium for Jamaica as Rasheed Dwyer claimed gold in a time of 20.26sec.
He was followed by Warren Weir in 20.26 sec and Jason Livermore, who clocked 20.32sec.
20-year-old Simbine bounced back from the disappointment of narrowly
missing out of a final berth in his specialist 100m sprint in which he
holds the second fastest time by a South African.
discus thrower Victor Hogan and women's 400m hurdles champion Wenda Nel
also featured in finals on the night but fell well short of podium
spots.Commonwealth Games podiums in Glasgow on Thursday:
It was Team South Africa's 11th gold medal of the Games after the para-bowls triple combo of Derrick Lobban, Roger Hagerty and Dion van der Vyver won their final against New Zealand earlier in the day.
Gold: Blessing Okagbare (NGR)
Silver: Jodie Williams (ENG)
Bronze: Bianca Williams (ENG)
Gold: Nijel Amos (BOT)
Silver: David Rudisha (KEN)
Bronze: André Olivier (RSA)
Men's 400m hurdles
Gold: Cornel Fredericks (RSA)
Silver: Gordon Jehue (TRI)
Bronze: Jeffery Gibson (BAH)
Women's 400m hurdles
Gold: Kaliese Spencer (JAM)
Silver: Eilidh Child (SCO)
Bronze: Janieve Russell (JAM)
Women's long jump
Gold: Esme Brume (NGR)
Silver: Jazmin Sawyers (ENG)
Bronze: Christabel Nettey (CAN)
Gold: Vikas Shive Gowda (IND)
Silver: Apostolos Parellis (CYP)
Bronze: Jason Morgan (JAM)
Women's para 1500m T54
Gold: Angela Ballard (AUS)
Silver: Diane Roy (CAN)
Bronze: Jade Jones (ENG)
Men's para 1500m T54
Gold: David Weir (ENG)
Silver: Kurt Fearnley (AUS)
Bronze: Alex Dupont (CAN)
Para Open Triples
Gold: South Africa
Silver: New Zealand
Bronze: South Africa
Gold: Linda Villumsen (NZL)
Silver: Emma Pooley (ENG)
Bronze: Katrin Garfoot (AUS)
Gold: Alex Dowsett (ENG)
Silver: Rohan Dennis (AUS)
Bronze: Geraint Thomas (WAL)
Gold: Claudia Fragapane (ENG)
Silver: Elsabeth Black (CAN)
Bronze: Dipa Karmakar (IND)
Gold: Max Whitlock (ENG)
Silver: Scott Morgan (CAN)
Bronze: David Bishop (NZL)
Men's Pommel Horse
Gold: Daniel Keatings (SCO)
Silver: Max Whitlock (ENG)
Bronze: Louis Smith (ENG)
Women's Uneven Bars
Gold: Rebecca Downie (ENG)
Silver: Larissa Miller (AUS)
Bronze: Ruby Harrold (ENG)
Gold: Scott Morgan (CAN)
Silver: Kevin Lytwyn (CAN)
Bronze: Daniel Purvis (SCO)
Gold: Babita Kumari (IND)
Silver: Brittanee Laverdure (CAN)
Bronze: Ifeoma Nwoye (NGR) and Louisa Porogovska (ENG)
Gold: Yogeshwar Dutt (IND)
Silver: Jevon Balfour (CAN)
Bronze: Sampson Clarkson (NGR) and Alex Gladkov (SCO)
Gold: Danielle Lappage (CAN)
Silver: Geetika Jakhar (IND)
Bronze: Blessing Oborududu (NGR) and Blandine Metala Epanga (CMR)
Gold: Tamerlan Tagziev (CAN)
Silver: Andree Dick (NGR)
Bronze: Armando Hietbrink (RSA) and Pawan Kumar (IND)
Gold: George Kobaladze (CAN)
Silver: Itte Detenamo (NRU)
Bronze: Damon Kelly (AUS)