Cape Town - Akani Simbine
had a lively crowd on its feet on Wednesday night, scorching to a commanding
victory in the men's 200m race at the second leg of the Athletics Grand Prix Series
cool conditions at the
Kenneth McArthur Athletics
Stadium, Simbine burst over the line in 20.39 seconds in the half-lap race,
finishing nearly half-a-second ahead of runner-up Theodor Young who clocked
"It was a
bit chilly and there was a breeze which changed direction, but it was a good
race," Simbine said after turning out in his first individual race of the
"I did what I could do
and I'm just glad that I finished the race healthy."
national record holder over the 100m distance, confirmed he would concentrate
on the 200m event at the ASA Senior and
Combined Events Track and Field Championships at Germiston Athletics
Stadium next week.
want to get to SA Champs and be able to compete. I know I haven't been racing and I know I'm not that
sharp, but I want to come out and put my best foot down on the track," he
In-form athlete Tshepo Tshite won a
tactical battle in the men's 800m race. Tshite was locked in a thrilling sprint down the home
straight, dipping on the line in 1:46.66 to edge out Boitumelo Masilo of
Botswana who grabbed second place in 1:46.67.
tight contest, Eljone Kruger won the women's long jump with a 6.32m leap,
taking the victory on countback after Mara Griva of Latvia achieved the same
some versatility, Taylon Bieldt did well to secure a double, first winning the
women's 100m hurdles race in 13.84 and then the 200m contest in 24.26, while
fellow hurdler Ruan de Vries stormed to an easy victory in the men's 110m event
over the barriers in 13.56.
champion Victor Hogan also showed good form ahead of the national
championships, sending the discus sailing out to 62.06m.
disappointment, however, for African record holder Sunette Viljoen who was
handed a rare defeat on home soil. Viljoen took second place in the women's javelin throw with a best
effort of 56.95m, falling narrowly short of Czech athlete Irena Sediva's 57.20m
Botswana dominated the flat 400m sprints, with Galefele Moroko charging to
victory in the women's race in 51.63 and Onkabetse Nkobolo earning top spot in
the men's event in 46.29.
There was also
success for national triple jump record holder Khotso Mokoena, who won by
nearly a metre with a best attempt of 16.40m, and Julia du Plessis, who cleared
the bar at 1.75m to finish 10 centimetres ahead of her nearest opponent in the
women's high jump.
And the SA
men's and women's 4x400m relay teams closed out the meeting in style, with both
quartets beating international opposition. The national men's A team won in 3:02.13 and the SA
women's squad were triumphant in 3:45.62.
has been a complete success for us," said James Moloi, the Acting President of
Athletics South Africa. "We created the opportunity and the athletes responded
with great vigour to give it their all.
was also wonderful to see the many countries that took advantage and
participated throughout the series, others travelling more than 10 hours by
road to give their athletes the needed exposure to this level of competition.
We sincerely appreciate that."