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They may have left it until the final meeting of the Yellow Pages Series track and field meeting but still more South Africans achieved Commonwealth Games qualifying status at the Germiston Stadium on Tuesday night.

The series reached a climax in the East Rand town and Mbulaeni Mulaudzi, Chris Harmse and Ofentse Mogawane were among those who stepped up to the plate to deliver fine performances.

Superb autumn weather conditions helped inspire the athletes and the good news is that Mulaudzi looks well over his early-season injury.

Having run the 1,500 metre event in Stellenbosch last week, the world 800m champion returned to his bread-and-butter event to clock 1min 45.41sec, comfortably inside the Commonwealth qualifying mark of 1:46.60.

ÔÇ£I was pleased to have the 1500 metres in Stellenbosch behind me, and managed to change gears over the last 80 metres here tonight, and felt really good out there,ÔÇØ said Mulaudzi.

Veteran hammer-thrower Harmse produced his customary powerful winning performance, in heaving the projectile a fine 75.36m ÔÇô well clear of the Commonwealth qualifying mark of 74.35.

Then one-lap star Mogawane had his moment of glory when he sped home in the 400m showdown in 45.51 ÔÇô also comfortably faster than the Commonwealth qualifying required time of 45.78.

Javeliner Sunette Viljoen, feeling a bit under the weather with a bout of tonsillitis, was still good enough for victory with a 61.59m Commonwealth qualifying effort. She was the only athlete able to beat the 60m barrier.

National 400m hurdles champion Cornel Fredericks is still to be beaten after winning the title in Durban and his 49.12 winning effort on Tuesday beat the Commonwealth qualifying mark by 0.68sec.

The unluckiest athlete on display was national 100m sprint champion Simon Magakwe who clocked 10.26sec ÔÇô just 0.01sec outside the Commonwealth qualifying mark.

At least he had the satisfaction of bouncing back from his fourth spot in Stellenbosch last week where Port Elizabeth speedster Leigh Julius won.

Following the completion of the Yellow Pages Series and the Yellow Pages SA Senior Track and Field Championship events, the list of qualifiers for Commonwealth action is:

Men
LJ van Zyl                  (400m hurdles)
Cornel Fredericks    (400m hurdles)
Ruben Ramolefi      (3000 metres steeplechase)
Robert Oosthuizen┬á (javelin) ÔÇô (NB he will not be going to the Commonwealth Games after a recent groin operation)
Hardus Pienaar        (javelin)
Tumelo Thagane     (triple jump)
Setone Tshamano  (5000m)
Elroy Galant              (5000m)
Chris Harmse           (hammer)
Mbulaeni Mulaudzi (800m)
Ofentse Mogawane (400 metres)

Khotso Mokoena is eligible for selection, based on having won a silver medal for SA in the long jump at the IAAF World Indoor Championships held in Qatar recently.

Women
Estie Wittstock          (400m)
Elizna Naude           (discus)
Sunette Viljoen        (javelin)
Justine Robbeson   (javelin)
Tebogo Masehla      (3000m steeplechase)
Myrette Filmalter       (3000m steeplechase)

RESULTS

Men
100m: Simon Magakwe (Pukke) 10.26sec, 2 Leigh Julius (NMMU) 10.29, 3 Hannes Dreyer (Tuks) 10.33
200m: Simon Magakwe (Pukke) 20.68, 2 Leigh Julius (NMMU) 20.71, 3 Thuso Mpuang (Kovsie) 20.91
400m: Ofentse Mogawane (RBAC) 45.51, 2 Sakaria Kamberuka (Bot) 45.71, 3 Thapelo Keagatswe (ADT) 46.49
800m: Mbulaeni Mulaudzi (UJ) 1:45.41, 2 Onalenna Baloi (Bot) 1:47.54, 3 Adriaan Van Wyk (Tuks) 1:47.82
100m hurdles: Ruan de Vries (Tuks) 13.92, 2 Andre Storm (Pukke) 13.5, 3 Louw Smit (Maties) 13.95
400m hurdles: Cornel Fredericks (Maties) 49.12, 2 Wouter Le Roux (TUks) 49.83, 3 Kurt Couto (Moz) 51.30
3000m: Xolisa Tyali (Ned) 8:09.06, 2 Isaac Mbuyaze (UJ) 8:10.50, 3 Molefe Molefe (UJ) 8:11.83
3000m steeplechase: Ruben Ramolefe (Ind) 8:57.48, 2 Edwin Molepo (Pukke) 9:06.16, 3 Thuso Phaswana (UJ) 9:07.98
Discus: Victor Hogan (Maties) 53.27m, 2 Wynand Coetzee (UJ) 52.13m, 3 Dean Wattrus (Pukke) 50.78
Hammer: 1 Chris Harmse ((Orion) 75.35m, 2 Kristiaan Bekker (UJ) 64.09, 3 Johan Kruger (Maties) 62.74
High jump: 1 Calvin-Lee Maelengwe (UJ) 2.15m, Hubert de Beer 2.10m, 3 Andre Smit (Boksburg) 2.00m
Javelin: Ulrich Damon (Pukke) 73.46m, 2 Tobie Holtzhausen (Pukke) 72.09, 3 Bernard Crous (Pukke) 69.28
Pole vault: 1 Cheyne Rahme (UJ) 5.20m, 2 Ruan Van Wyk (Bellville) 5.00m, 3 Riaan Botha (Tuks) 4.80
Shot put: Roelie Potgieter (Tuks) 18.68m, 2 Burger Lambrechts (Tuks) 18.48, 3 Orazio Cremona (Tuks) 18.40)

Women
100m: Cindy Stewart (NMMU) 11.71sec, 2 Carina Horn (Tuks) 11.82, 3 Stacey Gardiner (UWC) 11.85
200m: 1 Cindy Stewart (NMMU) 24.07, 2 Carina Horn (Tuks) 24:31, 3, Srabani Nanda (India) 24.73
400m: 1 Estie Wittstock (Tuks) 52.60sec, 2 Alet Van Wyk (Tuks) 54.22, 3 Kgalalelo Sefo (Bot) 54.87
800m: 1 Lebogang Phalula (UJ) 2:04.46, 2 Makhanya  Mapaseka (Mr Price) 2:06.29, 3 Claire Cronje (Kovsies) 2:07.22
3000m: Irvette Van Blerk (Ned) 9:38.76, 2 Thozama April (Trans) 9:52.82, 3 Ida Simon (Uck) 9:55.69)
100m hurdles: 1 Rikenette Steenkamp (Tuks) 13.75sec, 2 Erika Kleinhans (Tuks) 14.02, 3 Margit Du Plessis (Tuks) 14.18
400m hurdles: 1 Wenda Theron (Tuks) 57.45sec, 2 Jana Theron (Pukke) 60.30, 3 Anneri Ebersohn (Kovsies) 60.59
Discus: 1 Elizna Naude (Tuks) 57.66, 2 Simon Meyer (CKS AC) 47.34, 3 Maryke Oberholzer (Tuks) 46.07
High jump: 1 Rene Oosthuizen (Tuks) 1.73m, 2 Carina Du Preez (UJ) 1.70, 3 Marcoleen Pretorius (Pukke) 1.70m
Javelin: 1 Sunette Viljoen (Pukke) 61.59m, 2 Justine Robbeson (Pukke) 55.62, 3 Tazmin Brits (Pukke) 53.44
Long jump: 1 Janice Josephs (Maties) 6.49m, 2 Delia SMith (UJ) 5.97, 3 Lynique Prinsloo (Tuks) 5.95
Pole vault: Deone Joubert (UJ) 3.80m, 2 Honorata Saar (Tuks) 3.40, 3 Danielle Labuschagne (Tuks) 3.00m


4 comments
Athlete
Athlete

it wil be unfair if people are included in the team for track and field based on cross country performance. There are other athletes who performed well during YPS bt r far from qualifying. If others are given special treatment they too deserves the opportunities, athletes like mapaseka makhanya, sibusiso sishi and cindy steward. With khotso its understandable cos he is an obvious medal potential and he is gona qualify anyway. But those that Geb think they should be included without qualifying NO, they must qualify just like everyone else or sascoc/asa must change their criteria to cater for everyone. PERIOD.

Mark Etheridge
Mark Etheridge

Hi there Geb ... watch this space. Just sorting results out ... they came through in quite garbled fashion. They'll be up shortly Thanx for the interest

Geb
Geb

On another issue... we need the results please.

Geb
Geb

Well Done to the athletes that qualified so far. Guys like Magakwe, Leigh Julius, Thuso Mpuang, etc can still qualify for the commonwealth games at the student championships. I am happy to see that Both the Steeple chase ladie have qualified as well. Juan Van Deventer, is another athlete that must be given an opportunity based on his Both 5000m guys have qualified. If Khotso is given the opportunity, than Mokoka must also be included in the 10000m based on his sterling cross country performance. The 1 Phalula Twim must also be included if one have to consider her gutsy performance at the world cross country champs. That has been the best by a South African female ever. Rene Kalmer should be given an opportunity. She ran very well at the indoors, domestically, she ran superb races. If one have to look at Kelly Holmes who won two olympic Gold Medals after not running the qualifying times that year....... There need to be some form of flexibility here.