Cape Town - Hurdles
specialist Rikenette Steenkamp brought a close to South Africa's campaign on
the final day of the IAAF World Championships in Doha, Qatar on Sunday.
member of the SA team to compete at the biennial spectacle, Steenkamp finished
seventh in her 100m semi-final over the
barriers. Although she clocked a
respectable time of 12.96, she was eliminated ahead of the final.
national team were unable to find a place on the podium, multiple athletes
narrowly missed out on medals at the 10-day showpiece.
Simbine finished fourth in the men's 100m final and anchored the SA relay team
to fifth place in the 4x100m final. The relay quartet - which also included Simon Magakwe, Clarence Munyai
and Thando Dlodlo - set an African record of 37.65* seconds in the heats.
In the men's
long jump, defending champion Luvo Manyonga and Ruswahl Samaai both
put up fights before settling for fourth and fifth positions, respectively.
the battle to the international elite, Stephen Mokoka finished fifth in the
men's marathon, crossing the line just 18 seconds outside a place on the
this is not been why we went to Doha for, but we accept the reality that we
come back empty-handed. It would not be wise to cast judgements because we must
first receive feedback from the team management, their national, personal
coaches and the athletes.
“Only then can we then review and go back to
the drawing board to map the way forward to the Olympics next year,” said Aleck
Skhosana, the President of Athletics South Africa.
subject to standard ratification processes