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Simon into semis

South African champion Simon Magakwe was fastest first round qualifier at the World Student Games in Shenzhen, China on Tuesday and went on to qualify for the semi-finals later in the day, writes Mark Etheridge.

The 26-year-old, who has a season’s best of 10.18sec, raced to a time of 10.30sec en route to victory in the third of nine heats. Following him through to the next round was fellow South African Hannes Dreyer.

Dreyer, who went off in head seven, ended third with a time of 10.57. His heat was run into a slight headwind of 0.3m/per second and Magakwe had the assistance of a  0.5m/sec tail-wind.

A total of 32 sprinters went through to the next round. Championship record belongs to American Lee Macrae who ran a 10.07 in Zagreb, Croatia 24 years ago.

In the second round action staged later in the day only Magakwe went through to the semi-finals with a 10.32 effort. Dreyer only managed a 10.63 for sixth in his heat and 0.17sec off the qualifying pace.

In the women’s 100m first round heats Cindy Stewart 22nd quickest of the 32 qualifiers, with her 11.92 third place in heat six. Missing out on going through by just 0.01sec was Stewart’s fellow South African Cherese Jones.

Stewart failed to follow up on her morning run when she ran 12.09 to finish last in her second round heat.

In the 400m heats we had two men’s and two women’s qualifiers. In the men’s heats Willem de Beer was ninth quickest qualifier with a 46.85sec run for second place in his heat and he was just 0.05sec quicker than Shane Victor who was third in his heat. The SA duo were ninth and fastest of 24 qualifiers as top man on the day was Jamaica’s Peter Matthews in 46.35sec.

In the women’s 400m heats we had two runners progressing to the next round in the form of Alet van Wyk and Rorisang Ramonnye. Van Wyk ran a season’s best 54.49 to place fifth in heat five while Ramonnye ran 54.96, some way off her season’s best 53.16. Quickest qualifier was Russia’s Elena Migunova in a season’s best 52.13. Twenty four runners went through to the next stage.

Wenda Theron, in the SA senior team for World Championships in Daegu, South Korea later this month, qualified for the final of the 400m hurdles with a 56.89 run, sixth fastest of the eight qualifiers (Turkey’s Nagihan Karadere was quickest with 56.48).

Also going through to the final was shot putter Jaco Engelbrecht. Throwing in the second of two qualifying groups, the 24-year-old’s 18.53m heave was fifth best in his group and eighth of 12 qualifiers. Top qualifier was Jamaica’s O’Dayne Richards with a 19.09m effort.

In the final contested later in the day Engelbrecht improved to an 18.97m with his sixth and final throw, good for seventh spot behind Richards who went on to win with a personal best 19.93m.

In the final event of the day Pharsons Mogagane qualified for the final of the 1500m when he ran 3:49.61 to end ninth of the 12 qualifiers. Fastest was Algeria’s Abdelmadjed Touil in 3:42.68.