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Caster claims gold, smashes 18-year old 400m national record

Team South Africa was off to the perfect start on day three of the 21st African Athletics Championships in Asaba, Nigeria on Friday with Caster Semenya winning gold in the 400m event.

Semenya stopped the clock in a national record of 49.96. The record, previously held by Heide Seyerling, had stood for 18 years.

Semenya now holds national records in the 400m, 800m, 1 000m and 1 500m events.

She was followed home by Christine Botslegwe of Botswana in second while Nigeria’s Yinka Ajayi took third.

The men’s relay team of Akani Simbine, Henricho Bruintjies, Simon Magakwe and Emile Erasmusadded the second gold of the night when they won the 4x100m relay event in 38.25 beating Nigeria and Ivory Coast into second and third respectively.

Thapelo Phora added to South Africa’s medal tally by taking silver in the men’s 400m race with Cornel Fredericks claiming silver in the men’s 400m hurdles.

Linique Prinsloo Beneke then claimed bronze in the women’s long jump with a leap of 6.38 metres.

Ischke Senekal added another bronze, this time in the women’s discuss with a best throw of 53.82 metres.

South Africa lead the medal table with five golds, 7 silver and 5 bronze.


ASABA 2018: South Africa’s Simbine wins his First Africa Title

Commonwealth Games champion South Africa’s Akani Simbine came through to win the men’s Africa Senior Athletics Championships 100m title in Asaba, Nigeria on Thursday afternoon.

Simbine who settled for bronze during the continental championships hosted in his home country of South Africa in Durban in 2016 improved his performance to win gold with a time of 10.25s (-2.1) to secure his first ever African title.

All Africa Games champion Ivory Coast’s Arthur Cisse held on to settle for the silver medal in 10.33 to deny South Africa for a 1-2 finish as South African Simon Magakwe completed the last podium finish for bronze.

ASABA 2018: Kenyan Sprinter Mark Otieno Eliminated in 100m Dash

sprinter Mark Otieno was eliminated in the 100m dash of the Africa Senior Athletics Championships in Asaba, Nigeria as day two of the events unfolded on Thursday (August 2nd).

Otieno was placed sixth in the second semifinals heat by timing 10.69 in a race won by 2012 Africa champion South Africa’s Simon Magakwe in 10.37.

Homeboy Nigeria’s Ogunlewe Adeseye was placed second in 10.39 as the heat’s pre-race favourite All Africa Games double gold medalist Ben Youssef Meite of Côte d’Ivoire clocked 10.42 in third spot.

Commonwealth Games champion South Africa’s Akani Simbine stayed on course of a successful title defence by winning in the first heat by timing in 10.32 edging the 2015 Africa 4x100m relays silver medalist Botwsawana’s Karabo Mothibi into second spot in with Ghana’s Emmanuel Yeboah claiming third place in 10.49.

The 2017 Jeux de la Francophonie double silver medalist Arthur Gue Cissé emerged winner in the third heat in 10.29 beating Zimbabwe’s national 100m and long jump record holder Ngani Makusha in 10.36 as Namibia’s Gilbert Maseko Hainuca was third in 10.43.

The first two in each automatically qualify and joined by the other two fastest sprinters.