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Gelant, Fourie fly flag

Our two remaining athletes at the IAAF World Indoor Athletics Championships in Istanbul, Turkey can both hold their heads high as the competition ended on Sunday.

Elroy Gelant, competing at his first indoor meeting ever, was always up against it in a top quality field in the 3000-metre final.

He ended last of 12 runners but still clocked a new SA indoor record of 7min 48.64sec as veteran American Bernard Lagat burst clear in the final stages to win in 7:41.44.

Later Lehann Fourie first clocked 7.65 seconds to book his place in the 60-metre hurdles final and then went on to finish seventh with a 7.69 finish… this after making contact with all of the hurdles.

Our only other athlete at the event, Burger Lamprechts, failed to get past the qualifying rounds of the men’s shot put. Olympic silver medallist Khotso Mokoena pulled out of the team at the last minute, preferring to concentrate on this year’s London Olympics.


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