Magakwe stays SA's sprint king

2013-04-12 19:05

Stellenbosch - South African sprinting ace Simon Magakwe won his fifth national title in the 100m at the SA Senior Athletics Championships in Stellenbosch on Friday.

The South African record holder won in a time of 10.45 seconds, staving off an attack from Henrico Bruintjies, who finished second in a time of 10.58 seconds. Akani Simbine was third in 10.63 seconds.

The 26-year-old said while he was happy with winning the title for the fifth consecutive time, he was slightly disappointed with the time.

"I am happy about winning the title, but I thought I would run a good time," Magakwe said.

“I had a bad start but I managed to recover the distance they had on me.”

Magakwe nevertheless felt it was a good start to his season as it was his first major race of the year. He felt it was encouraging to see youngsters coming through the sprinting ranks, as it could see the assembling of a strong 4x100m relay team that could break the South African record.

South African relay queen Sunette Viljoen made a solid start to her season, clinching her ninth national title with a distance of 61.87m.

The African record holder was satisfied with her performance considering she recently recovered from a niggling back injury.

Hammer throw king Chris Harmse continued his nearly two-decade-long domestic dominance of the event with a distance of 72.40m, his 18th consecutive title victory.

Kristiaan Bekker finished second with 63.77m and Renaldo Freschou third with a 63.01m throw.

The men’s 400m race saw the crowing of a new champion in 20-year-old Wayde van Niekerk. He beat a young field in 45.99 seconds. Close on his heels was Jacques de Swart in second at 46.36 seconds, while Ruan Greyling took bronze in a time of 46.74 seconds.

Van Niekerk began as a 100m and 200m specialist and the shift to the one-lap event had proven to be a good one.

Distance ace Stephen Mokoka successfully defended his 10,000m title late on Friday, clocking a time of 28:22.30 with Tsosane Kgosi taking second place in 28:51.54 and Nkhasi Namakoe finishing third in 29:16.49.

Mokoka, who took the lead early in the race and was never really threatened, felt he could have run a much faster time.

He would get another chance at the championships when he lined up in the 5000m race against defending champion Gladwin Mzazi, and Elroy Gelant.

“I am happy with the title but not the time. In the first three kilometres I knew it was going to be difficult running on my own,” Mokoka said. He expected a faster race in the 5000m as there would be a number of athletes willing to increase the pace.


  • Howard Nkosi - 2013-04-12 19:52


      Shane Asselbergs - 2013-04-12 21:12

      I've heard of him. I've never heard of you.

      Gerrie Zoonberg - 2013-04-13 10:44

      Good one Howard. The time is so slow I bet you Oscar would have beaten him with his one leg tied behind him!!

  • Emma Boesak - 2013-04-13 00:06

    Sunette Viljoen is not a relay queen but she is a javelin thrower.

      Gerrie Zoonberg - 2013-04-13 10:44

      But she is a QUEEN!!!

  • Nico Eksteen - 2013-04-13 00:50

    To think that these times are almost 2 seconds behind the WR and that for the 100m. That's a massive mountain to climb just to be competitive. As a matter of fact, this is so far behind one must question if it's even worth for these athletes to do all the training, they will never get to that level.

      Shane Asselbergs - 2013-04-13 08:12

      I'm no expert on athletics but I'm sure these guys try and peak around the Olympics. 10.45 is also less than a second off the world record, not 2 seconds, and they did not say it was his personal best, just his time in this race. If we think that these guys are doing 10 m/s, that means he probably would have been 8 or 9 meters behind Usain Bolt on a world record run. That's about the gap between Bolt and probably 5th place that I remember when he broke the record in Beijing.

      Michael Gibson - 2013-04-13 08:20

      Simon equalled the SA Record of 10.06 last year, so obviously his winning time here is way off that. Taking his age into account, with the correct training and support, he should in theory, be the 1st South African to break the 10.00 second barrier. That should be motivation enough. I think there is talent in SA, just not enough motivation (financial and other) for youngsters to keep on with the sport. If that changes, then yes, it would be worth it for athletes to do all the training, and get to that level

      Gerrie Zoonberg - 2013-04-13 10:45

      Shane let's leave it at you are no expert.....

  • Jenifer Johnstone - 2013-04-13 04:25

    can anyone tell me what happened to Peter Ngobeni he was one of sa's top sprinter

      Gerrie Zoonberg - 2013-04-13 10:46

      Yes he went back to Zimbabwe

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