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SA athletes back to Earth with a bump

2016-08-15 21:08
LJ van Zyl (Getty Images)

Cape Town - After the highs of Wayde van Niekerk's gold in the 400m on Sunday, the SA athletes in action on Monday at the Rio Olympics had little to cheer about.

All told, six athletes were in action, with only one - evergreen veteran LJ van Zyl in the 400m hurdles - progressing to the next round.

Van Zyl, running in heat 6, finished second in 49.12. That was enough to see him through to the semi-finals on Wednesday at 02:42 (SA time).

However, his two compatriots Le Roux Hamman and Lindsay Hanekom weren't as fortunate.

Hamman posted a time of 49.72 and finished seventh in his heat, while Hanekom was eighth in 50.22 in his heat.

Van Zyl wound up with the 15th-fastest time, while Hamman was 25th and Hanekom 37th.

Meanwhile, in the men's triple jump qualifying, Khotso Mokoena finished 10th in Group B with a best of 16.51m on the day.

After opening with a 15.13 leap, the 2008 Olympic long jump silver medallist improved to 16.51 and then had a final leap of 16.44.

That left him in 21st spot overall.

Automatic qualifying for the final was pegged at 16.95m or at least the 12 best performers.

Finally, in the women’s 200m, Alyssa Conley was fourth in heat 3 (of 9) with a time of 23.17 and Justine Palframan ended fifth in time of 23.33 in the following heat.

Conley and Palframan were ranked 36th and 43rd respectively after the completion of the heats.

To progress they would have had to run 22.94.

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