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Cornel wins in the wind

Stellenbosch-based hurdles star Cornel Fredericks powered his way to victory in the 300 metres hurdles at the opening leg of the Yellow Pages Summer Series at a windy Coetzenburg stadium in Stellenbosch on Friday.

Ranked 16th in the world over the 400 metres hurdles, Fredericks showed courage and character in taking the honours in 35.93 secs with young hurdles sensation Tarriq Solomons next best in 37.45.

ÔÇ£This was my first big race since competing in the African Championships held in Kenya in July this year and while the wind was strong out there, it felt good to be back racing,ÔÇØ said Fredericks.

Fredericks also lined up for the 300m race, ending second in 33.47, behind 400m star from the North West Province, Ofentse Mogawane (33.22).

Cindy Stewart may be based in the Eastern Cape these days, but she hasn’t forgotten her Western Cape roots, and showed great determination to win the 60 metres and 150 metres races in 7.77 and 18.09 secs respectively.

While Leigh Julius used his experience of top level racing to take the men’s 60 and 150 metres sprints in 6.90 and 16.34sec, the mile athletes had to dig deep against the wind that got stronger as the meeting progressed.

Any hopes that Tshamano Setone had of running a dream mile disappeared into the Stellenbosch night, as the 11 participating athletes put on as good a show as they could in the difficult conditions.

Setone finished in 4:13.56 with Samson Ngoepe next best in 4:13.95, with the Yellow Pages’ R5000 incentive for the first athlete to dip under four minutes in the mile, now transferring to the second leg of the series to be held at the de Jager stadium in Oudtshoorn on Monday.

Results

Men

60 metres: 1 L Julius (NMMU) 6.90, 2 G Arendz (Maties) 6.99, R de Ru (Tuks) 7.01
150 metres: 1 L Julius (NMMU) 16.34, 2 G Arendz (Maties) 16.53, 3 R de Ru (Tuks) 16.83
300 metres: 1 O Mogawane (Plat) 33.22, 2 C Fredericks (Maties) 33.47, 3 S Sishi (UJ) 33.78
300 metres hurdles: 1 C Fredericks (Maties) 35.93, 2 T Solomons (WCSS) 37.45, 3 F Retief (Maties) 37.79
Mile: 1 T Setone 4:13.58, 2 S Ngoepe ( 4:13.95, 3 F Sehole 4:14.20
Javelin: 1 J Slabbert (BAK) 64.78, 2 T Swanepoel 58.47, 3 S oubert (CPUT) 42.83
25 metres (EAD): 1 S Radebe (WC) 7.29, 2 J Ntutu (WC) 7.43, 3 F van der Merwe (WC) 7.61
100 metres (EAD): 1 S Ntiyukwa (MH) 18.00, 2 E Claassen (MH) 21.30, 3 P du Preez (WC) 28.00
150 metres (EAD): 1 O Pistorius (WC) 17.27, 2 A Fourie (WC) 17.78, 3 D Buis (WC) 17.85

Women:

60 metres: 1 C Stewart (NMMU) 7.77, 2 C Jones (Tuks) 7.93, 3 S Gardener (UWC) 7.96
60 metres (EAD): 1 S Pretorius (BAK) 7.98, 2 C May (UWC) 8.12, 3 I Hayes (WC) 8.19
150 metres: C Stewart (NMMU) 18.09, 2 S Gardener (UWC) 18.44, 3 C Jones (Tuks) 18.70
300 metres: 1 A van Wyk (TAC) 40.15, 2 C Horn (Tuks) 41.12, 3 A Morreilion (Maties) 41.30
60 metres hurdles: 1 J Lawless (Maties) 9.42, 2 M Smit (Hms) 9.73, L Slinger (Maties) 10.24
300 metres hurdles: 1 A Morreillion (Maties) 44.49, 2 M Goddard (Maties) 46.02, 3 S Claassen (Maties) 49.55
1000 metres: 1 M Makhanya (Transn) 2:49.30, 2 M Brandt (UJ) 2:51.00, 3 J Cilliers (Puk) 2:53.20


1 comments
Joe Soap
Joe Soap

Those were quality fields for this time of the year. Pitty the wind though. It's good to see athletics all year round. It was a good idea to bring these meetings in now. Many of the athletes dont want to test themselves over the normal distances but it gives them a good idea of what shape they are in if they run 300's and 600's and events like that. It is also good to see so many womens events in the program for a change.. well done ASA