At the South African nationals, some fine long jumping, sprinting and middle distance running. Pay particular attention to the opener by Caster Semenya over , 1500 meters, who ran a WL of 4:02.50. Caster had attempted to break the NR of Zola Bubb, now 34 years old, missing the 4:01.88 NR and running her second best.
Caster Semenya, Faith Kipyegon, Jenny Simpson, London WC 2017, photo by PhotoRun.net
Ruswahl Samaai, photo by PhotoRun.net
Akani Simbine, photo by PhotoRun.net
Samaai 839, Adams 20.01, Simbine 10.08
PAARL (RSA, Mar 22): London bronze medalist Ruswahl Samaai leaped to excellent 839 to win the long jump during third leg of Liquid Telecom Athletics Grand Prix series in South Africa. With +1.0 wind it is his second career best in a series of five 8 metres jumps. “Our plan is always to execute on the first jump and take it from there. I knew I was going to get a big jump today – I could feel it. Now we just have to stay healthy and improve. I have bigger distances in mind. I don’t like to talk about performances but I need to showcase (what I can do),” said Samaai for supersport.com
. Second 20 years old Cheswell Johnson improved to 812 (-0.7) and beat Zarck Visser 799 and Khotso Mokoena 789. Caster Semenya attacked 34 year old 1500 m national record of Zola Budd but clocked 4:02.50 World lead and her second best ever. Second Dominique Scott 4:08.61 who was for most of the race with Semenya. The timing showed after finish line 3:57
but it was corrected later. Fast 200 m was won by Luxolo Adams who improved to 20.01 (+1.9) after a top duel with Anaso Jobodwana who was timed with 20.07. In the 100 m national record holder Akani Simbine posted good 10.08 (-0.4) clearly ahead of Simon Magakwe 10.24 and Henricho Bruintjies 10.27. Surprise in men’s javelin where Rocco van Rooyen won with a throw of 75.20 in difficult wind conditions. Former World champion Julius Yego was fourth 73.34. Antonio Alkana won the hurdles in World leading 13.39 (+0.1), also Cornel Fredericks 49.68 in the 400 m hurdles and Carina Horn 11.25 (-0.5) in womenÂ´s 100 m. Victor Hogan topped discus 63.19 and in solid middle distances Ryhardt Van Rensburg 1:46.15 in the 800 m and steeple specialist Rantso Mokopane big mile PB 3:58.92 over 19 years old George Kusche 3:58.96 PB.
Caster Semenya, photo by PhotoRun.net