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Gold, bronze in Belgrade

Mark Etheridge

Two in the bag, how many more to come? Track runners Sibabalwe Mzazi and Lungisa Mdedelwa took gold and bronze respectively in the 10,000 metre race at the World Student Games in Belgrade, Serbia, Wednesday.

This only a day after Sunette Vlijoen had set a new South African javelin record of 65.43 metres.

The track medals are South Africa’s first at the 2009 games but hopes will be high for Viljoen in the javelin final.

Mzazi won an exciting race in 28min 21.44sec to edge out Frenchman Denys Mayaud of France by the narrowest of margins (just 0.06sec). Mdedelwa clocked 28:21.52 meaning that all three were blanketed by just 0.88sec.

Mzazi and Mdedelwa were involved in another tight tussle at the 2009 Yellow Pages SA Track and Field Championships when they took second and third behind Stephen Mokoka, who has since gone on to win the recent Nedbank SA half-marathon championships in Port Elizabeth.

Yesterday’s results mean that its the first time that SA athletes have returned medals in the same evenr at the Student Games.

Glen Bentley
Glen Bentley

Fantastic!! Once again, the contribution of the World Student Games towards the development and transformation of South African Sport comes into play. Two years ago in Bankok, Stephen Mokoka won the bronze medal in the 10 000m. After that, he won various national titles and even represented South Africa with distinction. A week ago, he successfully defended his national 1/2marathon title. This year student sport produced these two fine young athletes. Lets wait and see what the future holds for them. Maybe the 2012 10000m? South African middle and long distance in progressing very well. Congratulations boys!! As a South African and former President of USSA, I am very proud of you. 2012 is waiting on you guys!