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Hendrik holds his own

By Mark Etheridge

Cape Town’s Johannes Hendrik muscled his way into action on day three of the 2009 World Games in Kaohsiung City, Taiwan on Saturday.

The little Macassar bodybuilder was punching above his weight in the pre-judging stages of the competition. He’s a bantamweight, weighing in at 63kg, but Saturday he was taking on opponents who are normal lightweight competitors.

They weigh in at roughly 70kg so poor Hendrik was up against it from the word go.

But he seemed pretty happy with his performance.

“Sure, they’re bigger than me, but I didn’t stand back one step for these guys,” he said with his trademark grin.

Sunday sees the finals of the bodybuilding and Hendriks’ manager and also a competition judge, Bill Lavagne-Slater, says Hendrik is holding his own. “I’ve got him placed at about fourth but obviously it depends on what the other eight judges think.”

Also Saturday Team South Africa’s orienteering duo completed their participation at the Games. Nicholas Mulder and Tania Wimberley took on the middle distance course at Chengcing Lake after Friday’s sprint event.

Again they needed no reminding of just how good the rest of the world are at this “thinking on your feet” sport.

Randburg’s Wimberley placed 31st of 33 competitors with another two being disqualified.”It was much better this time, the course wasn’t as technical. I was kind of banking on a time of 48 minutes and ended up getting 38:30 so I was pretty happy.”

Mulder, surely one of the tallest orienteering competitors at 2.00 metres in his socks, placed 31st out of 32 in a time of 37:23 with four disqualifications.

“I was much happier today than Friday,” he said. “This time there was a lot more fast stuff and the course was very different.”

The two now head home to South Africa. Mulder is only back for a week then he’s off to Switzerland and then the World Orienteering Championships in Hungary mid-August.

Wimberley has to catch up on her work matters at the Johannesburg Stock Exchange and will also build-up to World Championships.


No medal yet? Perhaps these athletes need to learn a thing or two from our Deaflympians who will be going to the Deaflympic Games in September this year at the same country.They did it in style at the 2005 Deaflympic Games in Australia and finished 3rd in the medal standing.They are gunning for more this year, despite limited funding - watch this space.