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Simone’s season best

Not even a season’s best by shot-putter Simone du Toit could help her medal in her final at at the World Student Games in Shenzhen, China on Saturday, writes Mark Etheridge.

Team South Africa failed to add to their four athletics medals won so far at the Games as the 20-year-old United States based athlete heaved the shot 16.78 metres with her fifth throw to end eighth. For of her throws were over 16.20m. Eventual winner was Russian Irina Tarasova’s 18.02m.

Until Saturday Du Toit’s season-best had been 16.69 while her personal best┬á is 17.13.

The South African 4×100-metre relay team went through to the final on Saturday when they won their heat. The team of Hannes Dreyer, Simon Magakwe, Rapula Sefanyetso and Thuso Mpuang clocked 39.56 seconds to end third fastest qualifiers behind Russia (39.37) and Hong Kong (39.56).

But the women’s relay team weren’t as lucky as missed out on a place in the final by just 0.04sec. The combination of Cindy Stewart, Stacey Gardiner, Cherese Jones and Sonja van der Merwe ended fourth in their heat with a time of 45.26 with China snatching the final qualifying spot (45.22). Fastest qualifiers were the Ukraine in 43.55.

The men’s 4x400m relay team also went through to the final, ending second to Japan in their heat. The quartet of Shane Victor, Tlou Seloba, PC Beneke and Willie de Beer combined to clock a time of 3:09.76. second quickest overall behind Japan (3:08.02).

Our two 800m competitors both failed to make the final. Andre Olivier ran the fifth fastest time with a 1:47.48 but he only placed fifth in his heat and missed out to runners who ran slower than him but were in the first two in their respective semi-finals.

Our other competitor, Tlou Seloa was slowest semi-finalist in 1:53.81.

Then in the men’s 3000m steeplechase final, Dean Brummer and Edwin Molepo placed seventh and eighth respectively with times of┬á 8min 47.24 and 8:50.50. Portugal’s Alberto Paulo won in 8:32.26.


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