Cape Town - Cornel Fredericks was one of the South African athletes that competed at the 61st Cork City Sports athletics meeting in Ireland last night. Not only did he win his race, but he was also selected as the Athlete of the Meeting.
In his last race before the Olympic Games, Fredericks beat the Jamaican national champion in cool and windy conditions in the men’s 400m hurdles. The 22 year-old SA Champion crossed the line in 49sec with Green just behind him, in 49.10sec. Josef Robertson (JAM) finished third in 50.18sec.
Ofentse Mogawane, who has been selected in the 4x400m relay team for the Olympic Games, competed in his first 200m race of the season where he finished second in the B-race, clocking 21.98sec. Mogawane finished behind Ireland’s David Hynes (21.43sec). In the men’s 400m, Mogawane finished eighth in his race, in 47.39sec. The winning time was 45.30sec by Rabah Yousif from Sudan.
South Africa’s Juan van Deventer finished 10th in the men’s 3000m race, crossing the line in 8:12.85. Australia’s Collis Birmingham won the race in 7:55.31.
The SA long jump Champion Zarck Visser ended fourth with a best of 7.50m in the opening round of the men’s long jump. Povilas Mykolaitis (LTU) won with 7.80m followed by Yohei Sugai (JPN) and Matthew Burton (GBR). Sugai’s best was measured at 7.64m while Burton’s 7.62m placed in the top 3. Conditions were not ideal with the wind in the long jump reaching speeds of up to 2.9m/sec from behind.
Elsewhere in the world, Oscar Pistorius competed at a meeting in Lignano, Italy and finished second in the men’s 400m behind Calvin Smith (USA). Pistorius crossed the line in 46.56sec. The winning time was 45.52sec. Pistorius will represent South Africa at the London Olympics.