Taking the lead at the gun, Semenya stormed clear to win the women’s 1 500m final in 4:13.59.
Photo Credit: Tobias Ginsberg
Caster Semenya wrapped up a rare double, cruising to another national title on Friday 26 April as she closed out a thrilling second day of action at the Sizwe Medical Fund and 3SixtyLife ASA Senior Track and Field and Combined Events Championships at Germiston Athletics Stadium.
Taking the lead at the gun, Semenya stormed clear to win the women’s 1 500m final in 4:13.59. She finished nearly 16 seconds ahead of the rest of the field, adding the metric mile crown to the 5 000m title she won the day before.
Earlier, Tshepang Makhethe stunned 23-time national champion Chris Harmse to win the men’s hammer throw final. With 45-year-old Harmse targeting his 24th successive gold medal, Makhethe sent the hammer sailing out to 72.25m, setting a Personal Best. Harmse settled for the silver medal with a 71.70m heave.
“I just told myself to go out and have fun. My coach was here which helped to settle the emotions a bit,” Makhethe said. “When I got that 72 it kind of cemented it a bit because I thought it would be out of Chris’ reach, and it was, so that was a relief. I am 23 and I broke a 23 year winning streak. I still can’t believe it. But finally I got the title after six years of trying.”
Other highlights on the day included versatile jumper, Khotso “Crocodile” Mokoena clinching his seventh national title in the men’s triple jump with a 16.81m effort, and Antonio Alkana earning a commanding win in the men’s 110m hurdles final in 13.38.
“I am looking to get into some Diamond League events,” said Mokoena. “I need to be competing against guys who can hit 17plus meters. But winning the title is always important.”
Alkana won his fifth title, dominating from the gun. Despite that, he did not have a clean race as he hit a number of hurdles. “I know I need to work on my strength a bit as I hit those hurdles. Also my start needs improving. But I am happy with my time and the title. I am hoping to get into Shanghai (Diamond League), but having qualified for Worlds (IAAF World Championships) already, I can do a proper preparation.”
Mpho Links sailed over the bar at 2.25m to take gold in the men’s high jump and middle distance prospect, Ryan Mphahlele won a tactical men’s 1 500m final in 3:43.60. Mphahlele went out hard from the gun, but Jerry Motsau challenged with 600m to go. Motsau took the lead at the bell, but down the back straight they went toe-to-toe with Mphahlele only breaking away in the final 200m.
“The title was important. The time I am not happy with, but the title I am. That box is now ticked,” said Mphahlele. “This is my first track title so it’s really amazing for me.”
|Date:||Thursday, 25 April 2019 – Saturday, 27 April 2019|
|Venue:||Germiston Athletics Stadium, Johannesburg|
|Time:||· Morning sessions will start at 07:00 on all three days.
· Afternoon sessions will begin at 14:00 on the opening day and at 15:00 on days two and three.
The full programme of events will be available on the ASA website.
|Entry Fee:||Free for competing athletes
Spectators: R50 per day (including scholars and school children)
|Tickets||Available at the gate on the day.
|Events:||Hurdles, Shot Put, Pole Vault, Javelin Throw, High Jump, Long Jump, Hammer Throw, Triple Jump, Decathlon, 1500m, 100m, 200m, 400m, 5000m, 10000m, 800m, 3000m Steeple Chase, 20km Walk, 4x 100m Relay and 4x 400m Relay.|
|Coverage:||There is no live TV coverage. There will be selected/limited coverage on our social media platforms. We will post videos of all the events within 10min after each event in the ASA website and ASA Youtube, but selected field events. All track races will be via Facebook live on the ASA page.|
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About Sizwe Medical Fund & 3Sixty Life:
Sizwe Medical Fund:
Sizwe Medical Fund is one of the oldest medical funds in South Africa. Founded over 40 years ago, Sizwe Medical Fund is in the Top 10 Open Medical Schemes in the country. Sizwe is committed to delivering affordable health care for all South Africans
3Sixty Life is a fully black owned insurance company that was established in 1993 and at that time was named Union Life. 3Sixty Life is a provider of affordable funeral and life insurance products.
About Athletics South Africa:
Athletics South Africa (ASA) is the national governing body for the sport of athletics (including Track and Field, Cross Country, Road Running and Race Walking) in South Africa, is a member of the IAAF and the Confederation of African Athletics. The association is based in Johannesburg.