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Samson gets stronger
- Updated: June 15, 2009
By Mark Etheridge
Samson Ngoepe continues his upward curve on the European track circuit.
At the weekend the South African won his second 800-metre race in the space of four days, clocking 1min 46.22sec at the Golden Spike meeting in Leiden, Holland.
That was his best time of the year, meaning that only Mbulaeni Mulaudzi and Andre Olivier have run faster in 2009. It also dropped Olympic silver medallist Hezekiel Sepeng back into fourth place.
Ngoepe, 24, a member of the 2008 SA Olympic team won an 800m race in Sweden last week, the Mpumalanga athlete timed at 1:46.47 sec.
Not showing quite as much improvement though is veteran Shaun Bownes, who is currently battling to go quicker than 13.70 sec in the 110m hurdles. He again finished second in 13.78sec.
Gert le Roux reports that two South African girls, Cindy Peters (triple jump) and Mariska Meintjies (400m hurdles), both registered second placings.┬áPeters, SA Student champion jumped a fine 12.61m while Meintjies clocked 60.38 sec.
Ruben Ramolefi, SA record holder in the 3000m steeplechase and who will compete in the forthcoming World Championships in Berlin, Germany, was the pick of three SA athletes at the annual meeting in Kuortane, Finland.┬á┬á He ran fourth in a 3000m flat race in a fast 8 min 03.97 sec. ┬á┬á┬áWouter le Roux was second in the 400m hurdles in 52.03 sec while Gerbrandt Grobler achieved a distance of 75.50 in the javelin.